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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 things I've learned this year from my students.

The most important thing that I have learned form my students this year is how talented and how capable they are. In my math classes my students need very little help. I can give an assignment for homework and they will turn it in the next day without any help. Another thing that I learned is how competitive these students are and their desire to learn and make good grades. In one of my classes the students challenge one another to see who can finish their work first. I have been amazed at the accomplishments of our students this year. Two of our robotic teams won the state and the national tournments and are going to the world championship. They placed first in history and will be competing in Washington later this year. The math team took top honors at Georgia Tech and will be competing for state.

Yesterday I help set up the art displays and it is hard to believe the talent these kids have. They will be competing for county honors and then state.


Mark said...

Gerald it sounds like your students are making things enjoyable and easy for you. Teaching in a private school verses a public school makes a great deal of difference as you well know. It is good to know that there are high achievers in the private school like there are in the public schools. There were a few challenges in my classroom this semester but I got over it. Overall, I have a class much like yours. They are great kids and for the most part well behaved. I have learned that high school seniors get a disease call senioritis sometime during their last semester. I am working on a cure. As soon as I develop it, I will market it and retire. Keep up the good work. When you decide you want a teaching position let me know. I think I can help you out.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Gerald - what a great group of students! Your task, it appears, is to advance the curriculum and challenge them with difficult but do-able assignments/projects appropriate to their skill level. I'll bet some grad students from Ga Tech or Southern Poly would love to come in and work with them on some advanced projects. Keep your sharp students engaged!