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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've learned....

The most important thing I've learned this year is..... Well, that no matter how strick I've been, or how easy going, my students tell me I'm the coolest teacher ever! I would say, each year that I have taught, I've gone at it with a different attitude and better expectations of myself. I've learned that if I talk to my students as adults and treat them with the same respect that I would like to receive in return, that I get more out of them. My Skills USA students stay after school to finish up cars that were not completed during the day. One time I was working on my own vehicle, and needed to be somewhere after school, and two students rushed in after the bell rang to finish it with me. It was awesome! I've also learned that saying something as simple as, "how was your weekend?" goes a lot further than what I expected. Sometimes students unload on me how their weekends were terrible or that they had a great weekend. I've had a few students tell me that I'm the only teacher that listens to them. One student just needed to vent about an argument with his girlfriend and was pleeding for someone to just listen. I've noticed that students react better towards me if I'm having a bad day, if I've previously listened to something they had to say in the past. My students, are still students, but they are growing adults, and everyone needs someone to talk to sometime.

1 comment:

Georgette said...

I second what you're saying. The kids all need and crave attention from us. They just want to know that we're available for them. If you show a caring attitude, that's all they want. They want to know that they're valued. I would not have guessed that this would be with so many of them, so I was really surprised at this.