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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?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Teacher Development

My reflection on the past two weeks was prompted by the sudden death of a paraprofessional at our school. He was middle aged and looked healthy. He passed suddenly with a stroke. My memories of him include his joyous service to the special needs students of our school. He always greeted me with a smile in the cafeteria when I was on my way to drink coffee. This event has prompted me to dig deeper into my heart as to the purpose of my teaching intentions. I want to give more to the students of my school than a lesson on how to use a tripod. I want them to know that I care about their interests, their needs, their future and mostly, their being. I have been at the high school for three years and it has flown by quickly. I will complete four years with the upcoming seniors. I have had them for so long, yet for so little. My impact as a teacher, could break or build them as individuals. It may directly effect their lives and encourage or discourage their successes. I want to choose my words carefully and be positive with them in whatever way that I can. Just as NTI and my belated coworker have promoted a positive spirit, I desire to promote this encouragement. As I continue to better myself with teaching methods, tools and ideas, I will strive to improve my attitude towards a generation of students that need encouragement, guidance, love and a positive spirit. The last two weeks have not altered my teaching methods, but rather my teaching outlook overall. My reflections have helped me in my philosophy of teaching. Now that I am reflecting on the core of my teaching philosophy, I can take strides into developing into being a Master teacher.

1 comment:

Grummer said...

Wow! What a great idea to hold onto each day. I only wish that I could teach each day with that philosophy in mind. It is hard to be consistant in attitude on a daily basis. This reminds me of the Lavoie video about poker chips. Your blog reminds me again to ask the question, "Am I giving or taking?"