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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

2nd week post

What surprised me this week in one of my classes is how a student that many people write off as unmotivated and lazy, ended up ahead of everyone in the class. I have to admit because I listened to the buzz about this student I thought the same thing when I was placing him into a group. He came to me and said I know that my group is not going to do anything so can I work alone? I said yes you can...he tried working alone and that did not work...because it was hard for him to focus, so eventually he ended up in a group with another student who was working alone. The two of them hit it off great and they have landed an interview for their documentary with a member of Congress. This student just needed my support as he tried to find his way. I could have been rigid and said "NO" I put you in a group you work it out in that group...but because I saw that he desired to do better, and just needed that person that would help him adjust. I surprised myself because I couldn't believe how fast I almost gave up on him. I am happy that I saw what was going on before I crushed his self esteem and planted the first seed of becoming a teacher that always has to be "right". At the end of the day we are there to help studnts find their fit in the society and sometimes that means checking yourself and your thoughts about them along the way.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Shana - great post and kudos to you for being flexible with this 'problem' student. Too many times a student becomes a 'problem' because teachers have not been flexible in helping them find their way, as you say. Way to go, and keep it up!