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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 my students have taught me

My students are GREAT!!! In thinking of this weeks question, for me it's more about what my students will allow me to be rather than what they teach me. They allow me to make mistakes, forget things, give me room for some inconsistencies, and most of all to try somethinng. They are allowing me to grow as a teacher and providing feedback as to what works for them and what doesn't. They can sometimes be quite honest, but do so in a respectful way. Teaching and learning is a partnership. I know and they know that I am the teacher, but they also know that I value their input and opinion. We are finding our way together in this world of education and I appreciate the fact that they are willing to do that with me. So, I guess they really are teaching me how to become the kind of teacher that they need.


AimeeMcD said...

That is great! I am glad that you are able to have a good relationship with your students but still have complete control. That speaks volumes about you as a teacher. Even if you don't realize it, you are giving them poker chips daily by allowing and encouraging them to share their opinios with you. I think that is what creates secure and confident adults! Keep up the good work!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Teresa - very insightful post, especially that your students know that you value their input and opinion and, additionally, that they provide "feedback" in a respectful way. Makes for a great learning environment where both students and teacher can grow. Very well said.

Brenda said...

Great Teresa! My students don't hesitate to tell me what is working for them and what did not. We too, are learning this education game together and it seems as if that is the best way to be effective. Our students wants the truth and that is what we owe them and we must allow them to take a part in their own education. You are right, we are the teachers but it is our students that helps keep us in contact with what is most helpful for them.