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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?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Truth to the student the most important thing

The most important thing that I have learned about my students in the past year is that they need to be spoken the truth to in a kind and positive way. I have been in public school now for three years and it is common for the student to lie, cheat, manipulate, degrade and a host of negative attributes. And, I am in a conservative school ! I believe that this generation's mind has been formed by the very subject that I teach.... technology ! They soak in so much information from television, music, websites and radio, that there is a lot of information to sort through. When the opportunity presents itself, I boldly but kindly tell them my opinion. For example, if they do not respond to a directive, I mention that if they heard me but are ignoring me, then they are choosing to ignore authority. Then I tell them that in the real world after high school, they will not keep a job if they ignore authority. Most of the time, the student pauses to think AND they say, "I am sorry Mrs. K". I feel (even with my own children) that we as adults are so busy trying to make a living, that we miss opportunities to speak the truth of integrity to our students. It is my opinion that in education teachers ARE shouting instructions, but how about shouting some "food for thought" to these future adults.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Lori - there is much truth in your point that it is the 'how' as much as the 'what' that makes teaching effective. Your tough love approach will reap dividends with your students, as I'm sure you have already seen. Keep after it!