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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

Most important thing I learned

The most important thing I learned about my students in the past year is that each one is different and unique. For me this is where the identity of a true master teacher is unveiled. How does one begin to teach a class which is composed of high achievers, those who are bored, the learning disabled, visual learners, under achievers, self righteous, selfless, helpers, takers, whiners, etc. The list is infinite and each semester brings forth new challenges. I can almost laugh at myself thinking about what MY expectations were during my first year teaching. What I expected and what I actually got were two very different things. Fighting it made it worse for me. I needed to learn to look through their eyes and see where they were. I hope am I starting to achieve this characteristic and continue to develop it throughout my teaching career.

Teaching has humbled me and continues to do so. We can have master's and doctorate degrees but they mean little if we do not meet the students where they are and bring them to a different level. Some students soar while some barely creep along, but at least it is movement. Lastly I learned how much they need to know we care about them (even in their craziness).

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Linda - your post made me smile, especially your list of 'student-types'. Your maturation as a teacher is also evident, particularly your last paragraph. And glad to hear that you've quickly realized that fighting the students makes things worse - it also turns your hair gray! Keep on lovin' 'em!