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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

A pleasant surprise

Last week our school had our five year review. I was so nervous as I have never been through one before. I had told the students that we would have some very important visitors in our school and that I may have to be interviewed at some time during our class. My plan was to go along with my lesson as usual and if our class was interrupted then I would get the students started on some book work to keep them occupied while I was being interviewed. We started our lesson on cultural diversity as planned. We had a mock panel of guest (students with a script) representing several different cultures to be interviewed by the rest of the class. We had a great time with this during the first half of class but did not get to finish due to our break bell. After the students had been on break for a few minutes, the lady who was to interview me came to my room. All I could think was "I hope she finishes with me before the students come back from break because they will be so off task". Of course, she was still interviewing me as my students came back from break! As the students poured back into my class I was just about to say to my interviewer, "Please give me a few minutes to get my students started", however, I watched them in amazement as they quietly went back to their desks and continued their mock panel interview. Different students were taking turns asking their questions without having to be prodded. They were fantastic! I was so pleasantly surprised at the maturity of these first year students! After my interviewer left the room, I told the students how proud I was of them! I stated to them, "You guys did such a great job of coming back in and getting back on task! You didn't need me at all!". Then one of my sweet young ladies replied, "We might not always need you, Mrs. Walsh, but we want you!". That made my day! I am so thankful to have such amazing students!


Amy said...

That was totally awesome!! My students are continually surprising me. It seems as though they can drive me absolutely crazy sometimes and other times, as you have described, they can make you so proud! I had my first observation for the year a couple of weeks ago and my students were fabolous like yours. I think that when they like you as their teacher, and you have shown that you care about them, then they will stick up for you when it counts. The kids know when we are being watched and they can really make or break you. I don't mean to sound like I'm not giving them credit for what they can do, or that they are bad all the time. I do think, however, that sometimes people (other teachers and admin) can spew so much negativity that it can alter you thinking a bit. I do believe that when the students see that you want them to succeed, then they will do the same for you as a teacher.

Jennifer said...

That is great! It is amazing how they really do know how they are to conduct themselves in the classroom. So many times I think the students get comfortable with us, their teachers, and let that part go. Then they surprise us when we least expect it. Last year during my evaluations, I just knew I would have a problem with a particular group of students. When the administrator came in though it was like someone switched places with them. They were wonderful!!