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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?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Important thing I have learned

The most important thing I have learned about my students is how easy it is to teach the students that want to learn, but how difficult it is to teach the students that have no interest in being in the class. The students that want to learn tend to be attentive, alert, and willing to work with others. The students that are in my class because it’s the only elective left for them to take can be a real challenge. I have been able to connect with most of my students in a way that makes teaching fun and very rewarding. I am working on different ways to encourage students not to be so negative about being placed in this class just because they need the elective. The majority of the time the student has a change of heart about the class. I enjoy teaching my students as well as learning from them. This has been a challenging year and one I am not likely to forget. I was told by other teachers that the third year is one of the most challenging. I must agree. I look forward to teaching for a few more years.

1 comment:

Shellee said...

I totally agree with your belief that our types of classes can serve everyone-not jsut those that want to be law officers or nurses, etc. I have tried to instill that concept in my classes as well, and it works most of the time, but it does take some circus tricks with those that do not want to be there in the first place. The ones who can't wait to be in my class soak it up, but the ones who are ambivilant take alot longer to warm up-some it take half the semester. That can be frustrating a lot of the time, but I have found it is almost more rewarding to see the "lightbulb" in one of the more ambivilant students than it is in one of the students who want to be taught from day one. Keep up the good work!!