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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?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The most important thing I've learned about my students this year.

The most important thing I've learned about my students this year is that they all are so different. I have come to realize that even coming from the same areas and types of backgrounds they are still so different. Of coarse all of my students are IEPs and we know this about them but you would still think that some would be alike in ways. All of our students seem to learn differently. Tho some have similar strengths and weaknesses their attitudes, upbringing, life dealings, and home lives are so much dissimilar that it is sometimes hard to deal with. I feel sometimes we have to rewrite the book for each student. This presents a challenge and sometime a real problem. Not only does discipline have to be differentiated so do lessons, lesson plans, and labs. I like the challenges that I face, it seems to keep you on your toes and at least it's not the same ole routine day after day. NTI has really helped with this problem for me, and it also has assisted me with working with my team.


RS said...

The students are very different individuals. Your knowledge and undrstanding of these students is reinforced with your understanding and compassion. It is evident that you have a lot of patience with your students. I feel that you are well on your journey to becoming a Master Teacher.


Dr. M said...

Hi, John - insightful post, especially considering your students' unique challenges. Your positive attitude and ability to accept your daily challenges makes you a very effective teacher and a great role model for your students as well. Keep up the good work!