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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?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What I have learned from my students this year...

This is my second year teaching. Last year, even though I wasn't overwhelmed by the teenage creature, having had no experience with them lead me to be shocked and at times extremely frustrated when dealing with them. This year that frustration and shock is way down. I have learned from them that they are actually not as different as we were ourselves. They have grownup bodies to deal with that they know little about. They have emotions that are strong and overwhelm them. They don't have the wisdom or control over their impulses that we have learned as adults because they are teenagers. We didn't have wisdom and control when we were teenagers. They have likes (music, friends, social activities) that we also had. Of course their technology is far advanced from ours but that is not their fault. They have fears and concerns similar too ours. I believe their concerns and fears are even more complicated with the present state of the economy, failure of the family structure, and pressures of school with regards to all the standardized testing going on. All this being said, I have learned that it is important to see these students as individuals. Give them the benefit of the doubt and try to see things through there eyes. I believe that if you can do that you will be less shocked by them and hopefully communicate with them a little better. Don't get me wrong that I don't still get frustrated by them once in awhile. We should always want better for our youth and be role models to them. That is the charge we have as adults. We should show them the correct ways to behave and react to problems. I have high standards for how I want them to behave and what I expect of them. Lowering those standards because I "feel sorry for them" does them no good. However, if you try to see the world through their eyes I believe you can reach them better and you are able to show them grace. Who doesn't need some grace once in awhile.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Connie - I really like your 'graceful approach to high standards' - sounds like a topic for a professional learning seminar. Also, I found it very interesting and amusing reading of your learning curve with your 'teenage creatures'. Very well written and thanks for sharing!