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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?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Own it!

I have been trying to teach my guys(I have 99% male students) that they need to own up to their crimes when they are obviously caught. I have overheard so many conversations among students discussing how unfair it was to get 5 days ISS just for skipping one class. I would interrupt and ask "Ok, exactly what happened, play-by-play?" The answer always bowled me over. An example answer from a student who had skipped one class was:" I told him(asst principal) that that "blanking" teacher was a liar! Then he got even madder and I told him to go to h**l!" This kid was actually dumbfounded to have 5 days ISS. I played out how the conversation should have gone, i.e. "Yes Mr. Plunkett I did skip that period. I was having a bad day and just could not stand the idea of going to that particular class that day. I don't know what I was thinking. I should have known I would get caught." Well, this year has gone very differently for my second year students when caught. Firstly, they are skipping/dipping/texting/whatever less than last year. Secondly, they are "owning it" when they do screw up. One of my favorite kids came to me last week(the one whom I spoke of directly in the example above) after having been caught skipping two classes to go to McDonald's. He was giddy that when he used my approach he only received 2 days ISS. He also said that Mr. Plunkett was actually a really nice guy after all. Now, I am in no way approving skipping or anything like it. I am trying to instill some form of responsibility and at the same time fostering a more friendly relationship between student and administrator. It is working and my kids are, therefore, in class more often to receive learning.

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