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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?

Monday, March 9, 2009

What I Have Learned from My Students

The most important thing I have learned about my students in the past year is that they are all capable of learning, just not on the same day or the same way. That is one of my favorite statements/quotes, especially teaching in CTAE because of the number of special education students that are put into our classes that really drives this quote home.

They have taught me not only how to be a better teacher but how to be a better person. They have made me realize certain things about myself. One realization is that high school students, while as enjoyable and willing to succeed as they are, are not my target audience. I am continuing my education to teach on the collegiate level. I have enjoyed steering them in the right direction and will continue to do so until I complete my requirements.

My students show drive, character, and compassion. The most important thing that I have learned about my students is that they make me “hear” the motivational speeches I give them, when I want to throw in the towel at times myself. Instead of being a difference maker in their lives, I am the one who is better for having known them.


Linda G said...

How true it is that our students learn on different days, levels, times, etc. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they were all on the same page everyday? I wonder if we would be bored though?? One of the reasons I enjoy teaching is the challenge it gives me to also become a better person. I liked your statement, "I am the one who is better for having known them". Although I do not have years of teaching experience under my belt yet, I do believe the students teach us in many ways. We must learn to adapt, stretch, accommodate, modify, release, extend, incorporate and on and on. But, I value these changes in myself as they do not always come so easy. As teachers we continue to mold not only our students but ourselves as well.

Dallas,J said...

I too have seen this in my students. They are very capable of learning but the system or their IEP or because someone has done or said whatever they feel as if the can't. I have some of these students and I have found with good positive reinforcement over the year they start to open up and really take off. It seems like the student who start off bad end up the best.

Amy M said...

You are quite the motivational speaker. Your students are very lucky to have you as a teacher. If more teachers had that attitude, more students would go home each day with more "poker chips" than usual.