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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 15, 2009

What I Learned From My Students

What I learned from my students this week and this past year is that they will take advantage of any weakness or privilege you let them have. What I mean by that statement is that students will live up to the old saying "Give them an inch and they will take a mile". Midterms and class notebook turn in was last week. This is a major grade for their class average and I had used the Score Card to have everyone self assess their notebook before turn in time and get it together to be graded. Some worked on them and some stole work from others. I had four notebooks stolen from the class turn-in boxes. I found some of these items in my advanced class notebooks that were turned in by seniors. Just when I thought it could not be worst, other seniors cheated and copied each others answers on their midterm test.

I have been trying to find why they thought they needed to cheat and steal. I think that they are lazy, selfish, and wanted to just not do the work. The main reason they did this is they thought I would not take the time to check everything. Other teachers that they have do not spend any time checking their student's work. Everyone seems to be in a big hurry. Also I was immobile. I messed my knee up pretty bad and had to sit in a chair mostly last week. You cannot exert good control from a chair. I am normally very mobile, especially during exams. Other teachers and my supervisor have been helpful in giving me advice on how to correct it from happening again. I cannot be the ole softee that lets everyone make up their missing work. It will be interesting tomorrow when I take 5 seniors to the Principle's Office,who need my block class to graduate this year, and show my boss how they cheated on their midterm test.

1 comment:

Christina Hinz said...

First...sorry about your knee. Second, you are very right, they will take advantage of every situation that they can. The fact of the matter is they are teenagers. You do need to show them that their behavior is unacceptable,period. Even though they may be seniors, they still have a lot of growing up to do.