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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?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Things Learned about Myself

The most important thing that I've learned in the past year is that teaching is a huge responsibility. As teachers, we can mold these young peoples lives. I learned that what we speak in their lives will make a big impact on their future. In my personal life, I had a teacher that spoke negative things in my life. I don't want that for my students. I have a good relationship with my students. They respect the line between teacher and student, but they also know if they need to talk about anything, I was there for them. It takes respect from them and for them. I don't have the perfect class by no means, but I have good students.


RS said...


Yes teaching is a huge responsibility. We have to be very careful with these young people carefully evaluating the potential impact of things said and not said of actions taken and not taken. As you well pointed out we have to be there for them. In some cases they have no one else.


Shellee said...

I completely agree about us having a great deal of responsibility in the lives of our students. I think back on all of my instructors and teachers and realize that they had such a big part in making me who I am today-academically and socially. I also know that it is the negatives that most remember-so I try to remember that when I am in my classroom and even when I am out in public. My students see me out at the mall and elsewhere and I want them to be able to look up to me, not talk about what they see me doing outside of school or elsewhere like I have heard them do about other teachers. It sounds as though you have gotten close to your students and the respect you have for your role in their lives shows in your post. Keep up the good work!!

gerald said...

Once we start teaching we soon realize the importance of the work we do. I just got an e-mail from one of my former students who had just got her acceptance to the University of Georgia. She wanted to thank me for all that I had done for her. That is what makes teaching worth while.