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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?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher”

The whole year for me has been constantly changing. As a result of the changing maturity levels in the students, my best have become my worst and my worst have become my best. I have always been a patient and understanding person but this year I have learned that it is not enough. There have been times when dealing with the students that it has taken all of the reserve I have, but actually it has made me a better person in and out of the classroom.

I have learned to manage my time better and to be more organized in my assignments and activities. Some days it is OK to give myself a break and not be so focused, to lighten up and have fun in the classroom. It is also OK to have administration involved in classroom discipline instead of letting the discipline problems interfere with my teaching. I try to keep this at a minimum because their plates are full also. The main thing I have learned is “You cannot go wrong by getting better at who you are”.



Kevin J said...

Ron, all I can say is Wow. This is one of the best responses I have read on here. Short and to the point.

If everyone lived by this quote, “You cannot go wrong by getting better at who you are” not only would schools be better, but the world would be a better place and not have as many problems.

Thanks for the insight of teaching, I can relate to almost every word.

asmith said...

Working with students has a way of stretching you. Love what you do and continue to have fun.