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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

Things Learned

The most important thing I've learned about my students is that they are tender-hearted. They may act all hard, but I know they are soft like a sponge. I have students that are in trouble all the time, but when I show them a little positive attention, they absorb it all. My students and I have a connection that is unexplainable. Even when I became an assistant coach for our Lacrosse team, we just connected even more. The students see that I am the same in the classroom and on the field.

Last year, when my baby passed away, I had students that I never taught come to the funeral. And afterwards they would stop by my classroom to check on me, or see if I needed someone to talk to. This means a lot to me. My students feel like my children. This a relationship I would not trade.


Dallas,J said...

Leonard I can agree to this in some ways. The students are not always what they seem on the outside. A lot of my students act like that also, they wanna show how tough they are by acting all big and bad, but really when you get on them it's like you shot their dog. I too have noticed this but there are those students who are as tough as they act and it makes it hard for the others to let go and be themselves cause the feel they have to prove something also.

Lori said...

Leonard, students do soak in our positive comments. Maybe a positive teacher, is the only "positive" that they have in their lives. Sounds like you have a good relationship with your students. They were able to give back to you, because you have given to them !

Anonymous said...

Yes they do love attention and praise. They aren't getting it from home at times and they put up that hard front so they won't be disappointed by another adult. Once they know that you care about how they feel and what they think, you got them. Its hard to get them to leave your room. I love it when I get phone call from past students, just saying hello.