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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?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"The most important thing I've learned about my students in the past term/year is . . . "

The most important thing I've learned about my students in the past term/year is that they are very caring and they really want to be successful in their own lives. I have learned that they want to be encouraged and told what to do to become successful. Often I am told of the struggles in the homes and lives of the students we teach during team conferences. It is difficult for some of them to come to school on a daily basis and "loose the baggage" they bring with them at the entrance of the school. Yet some of them do just that in order to learn and dream of reaching their lifelong goals.

My students are very caring and protective of each other. I have overheard students advising and encouraging each other on topics such staying in school, postponing sexual involvement, pregnancy, and avoiding the wrong crowds and gangs. It is encouraging to hear these conversations among students that live in homes and communities that do not promote the positive influences they desperately need to be successful and productive citizens in our societies. Many students will come to me and ask for advice because they have been told that "Mrs. McGhee will listen".

Inspite of all the challenges we face on a daily basis, I will continue to strive and motivate all that I can, share knowledge, and wisdom in the hope that I may continue to be a positive influence on the students I have been charged to lead and to teach.


Keio said...

This is all so true, once they see someone care they want to do more and work harder. It is so amazing to me now as a third year teacher to see some of the kids that I had come back and tell me how sitting and talking or me just listening and understanding them ;made them change there life. I had a young lady come in last week that I had when i first started, she had the worst attitude ever and never wanted to listen to anything I had to say during class. Oneday I asked what was the issue because I knew it was more than me. She broke down in tears and said she never had anyone to care or even ask her how she was doing. This young lady came to see me the other day. She is almost 20 years old, in school and doing really well for herself. I was so touched because she stated that she let go of the baggage and started focusing on her well being. No longer had a negative attitude and had such a wonderful story to share with my present students. These are the moments that you love to see and making teaching worth every minute!!!!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Brenda - I agree that your students want to be successful, and with your guidance, structure, focus, and caring attitude they will be. You are also such a special role model to them in the way you deal with the problems they bring to school. Keep up the great work!