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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, April 5, 2009

Open Mic: My Typical Day!

Since this is open mic, let me just tell you about my typical day with 2 of my students. First block, I have 2 students that keep the class live. No matter what I put in front of them and any strategies I have learned, these 2 students will do what they like to do. Student 1 is the chatter box, can’t stop talking to save her life about everything about nothing! She has been in trouble with teachers, students, and her parents, because of her behavior. She has been suspended several times, but it has not had an affect on her behavior.

Student 2 is the instigator. This girl has been known to start at least 3 fights. She goes out of her way to target volatile students who will believe the proverbial “them”. “Them” or “they” are the all powerful force that seems to know everything and rules teenagers. Yes, student 2 uses “they” or “them” to start trouble between students. Then, she complains to me, of all people of all the drama that we have at school. Student 2 like student 1 has been suspended several times also.

One day, student1 and student2 were arguing in the hallway telling each other to shut up! I broke it up, of course, and reported both of them to the Assistant Principal. When I informed the Principal of what they were saying to each other, he burst into laughter and said, “Only if they listened to each other”.

I have more of this sort of day, maybe I will tell you about it on the next open mic.

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