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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Progress and Development

There are several areas that allow me to feel that my teaching skills are progressing and developing. I have had several of my students come back after graduation to visit my class and give testimonials to my classes this school year. They have expressed how being in my class last year has had a positive effect and affect on them. On a few occasions it was almost like they are witnessing.

More recently I had one of my students from last year that is a senior and returned for my second year classes stand up in front of a group of business leaders and managers, my advisory board, and express what my class meant to him. The advisory board meeting was held in the Industry Academy classroom with twenty five participants. My advanced class, second year, welcomed the visitors and introduced themselves and spoke briefly about the class. Later in the program we had an open discussion when one of my students approached me to see if he could speak. My answer was “Certainly”, without knowing what he was about to share. He began by telling the attendees how I had brought positive changes about in his life and outlook. He went on to explain the many aspects of our program and what we covered. The discussion that followed was very productive and beneficial going through lunch and into the third block class. It was definitely a high point for me for the rest of my teaching career.



Ken Blackwell said...

What a great testiment your skills. Congratulations! This is what we are here for after all. To make a difference wherever and whenever we can. To make a big influence is such a great reward. Your teaching skills are showing, and your classroom and students are the beneficiaries.We work all our lives in other fields to leave something behind that proves we were here. In our new fields we have the opportunity not just to leave something behind, but to make change.

AimeeMcD said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. You should feel proud of yourselfl and know that you found your calling. Students returning to your class speaks volumes on your teaching. I can say without a doubt that you have made a difference in their lives.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Ron - I agree with Ken and Aimee and trust that you will set up 'comeback' visits from your graduates every year to speak to your classes - your current students will usually listen very intently to these 'veterans' since they are so close in age and experience - great resources. Thanks for sharing that memorable experience.