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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 12, 2009

The most important thing I've learned ...

The most important thing that I have learned about my students this past term is how to teach and grade them as individuals and as a group. Learning how to conquer and balance these needs has been difficult. It has often been challenging to reach this balance as their emotional needs and physical needs are often deficient as well as fast changing. As we witnessed in the Richard Lavoie tape, “When The Chips are Down”, most of these students have a deficit of chips. These students are often under a doctor’s care, highly stressed from conditions at home and balancing part-time jobs with school. They come from four separate county schools and all experience learning in different ways. I have learned that I have had to adjust my lesson plan so that each individual is able to grasp the subject material on their level while trying not to take things to seriously and to factor in some laughter. They have taught me to never assume that all is well, and even as high school students they sometime still need to be treated on an individual basis even though we are trying to prepare them to become team members in the work place.



Dr. M said...

Hi, Ron - excellent post - nice point on the balance required between being individuals and team members at the same time. I also like your observation that your students change so fast.

I remember getting my sophomore 'boys' and watching/helping them grow to senior 'men' in the blink of an eye. Thanks for being so insightful.

delores said...

I agree with what you said in your post. Finding balance is a difficult task especially with teenagers. They seem to have so many influential circumstances that make a difference in their performance. I have many of the same issues you stated among my students. I have adjusted my lessons so many times to accomadate some students and end up boring some of the others. Fine-Tuning and Balancing are necessary skills I hope to acquire.