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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, September 26, 2009

My Stalker Dropped My Class

Well, I guess "Stalker" is a bit drastic. I had this girl in my class. Every time I turned around, she seemed to be right there. She was always willing to volunteer, usually the first person to have her hand raised. The sad part is she had dropped my class for over three days before I realized that she wasn't there. I took roll. So, on some level I knew she wasn't there, but I didn't really notice until this past Friday. The stalking started when I had tryouts to be be anchors for our morning broadcast. I let the ones that did well know. I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I never went to her to tell her she did bad. I just avoided the subject of her being an anchor. I would ask for volunteers to run the video switcher, audio mixer, and even the teleprompter. And, every time she would raise her hand and ask, "Mr. Maynard, can I be one of the anchors?". I asked one of her friends where she was. They were the one that informed me that she had dropped the class. Her friend told me that it was because she needed more time to study for the High School Graduation Test and that she had all the credits she needed to graduate. She really didn't need my class. My hope is that was the case. I hope as a young teacher I did not discourage her in a negative way by not allowing her to be an anchor. I understand that this is not the professional world of broadcasting, but I do believe that I have to set some standards when what we produce will be seen by the whole school. I sure hope I didn't run the stalker off.

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