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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 28, 2009

My Continuing Education as a Teacher

The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher in the past term/year is that I am too trustworthy as a person and teenagers are teenagers and will continue to be. I had been teaching in my perfect little world (classroom), thinking the students would listen to me and do whatever I ask them without question. After a few incidences in the classroom with students loading games and music on the computers in the classroom, and doing whatever it takes to not do their work. Trying to get away with whatever they can, and just not to do their assignments. I came to realize, in order for me to be a better teacher, I must monitor every student’s actions 100% of the time. Don’t get me wrong it is not every student in every class, but some of the students that got caught; I would have never thought they would try to get away with foolish antics. Thanks to Net Support sever software and to my growing awareness as a teacher, we have not gotten the situation under control. I have learned so much about the teenage mind this year. I feel it has helped me as a person as well as a parent.


Grummer said...
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Grummer said...

They can be very sneaky! Your post reminds me of an incident that happened to me this week. A student had out his iPhone and was typing on it. I asked him to bring me the phone. He seemed puzzled why I asked him this. He said "Mr. Grummer, I'm not doing anything, just listening to music" (which is still against the rules). The irony was, he didn't have any headphones in his ears.... They think they are slick and can get away with anything. Never a dull moment in a computer lab classroom!

Ken Blackwell said...

You have it, teenagers. It is hard to understand why they take chances on such trivial things. Why they would spend months in a classroom they must attend, and try everything they can think of not to learn. I believe alot of this can still be related to the parents. Non guidance at home equates to a lack of respect of others and even themselves. The larger the class, the more likely they will try to get away with something. Beware of what appears to be a model student, they learn early. These are good at pointing attention away, and many times start the problems. You catch what was another student following the leader. Remember this is not personel, not a game, but teenagers. Be consistant, be fair and be aware.