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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, October 3, 2009

3rd week

The best thing about teaching this year came the other week in my second year class. It was a (sped) student that no one seems to have any relationship with in any way. The student was looking over a student that was working a project and out of the blue the student with a loud voice stated that you are doing it wrong. The student told the other student that (coach) said to do it in the form that he stated to us. The other students in the class looked at me and smiled. I quickly told the student to go around the room and check to make sure that every one was doing it correctly. He was able to tell students that i also stated to make sure that they were writing the sentences in complete sentences. I called the student over to tell him thanks and he stated to me no problem. I asked him how every thing was going at home and he told me that mom had kicked him out of the house and he was living with friends. I told him that he needed to talk with his mom and work things out with her. About two days went by and he was not at school. The next day he came into my room and told me that him and his mom talked and that he was back at home and that they had worked things out. That is one thing that our school is working on is having a relationship with our students.


Amy said...

It truly is amazing how these kids respond to us as their teachers. It's hard to even imagine sometimes what they are going through at home. I think sometimes I get frustrated when higher-ups in the school expect you to be right on target everyday, when in fact you have somedays in which moments like this arise. I think that when the students see that you care about them they begin to let you in. Many times we are the only positive adult figure in their lives. We are the only ones to be a role model for them and tell them what is right and wrong. I also think that when they begin to trust you as their teacher, then they are able to talk about what is going on in their life instead of keeping it inside all the time or making poor decisions. I think it's awesome that this student was able to take your advice and start to get back on track.

Angel said...

Wow I hope I have the priviledge of having an experience like you courtney. Reading your post was inspiring. I think every child want to feel important,needed and educated. I'm sure you made this child's day by asking him to check everyone else assignment. After you told him thanks I'm sure that made him feel bigger than life. At that point this child was able to let you in his life and help him at school and at home. Way to go courtney.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Courtney - great post on several levels. Students helping each other tells me that your classroom learning atmosphere is right on the money, and your attention to student personal issues shows real savvy on your part - keep it up!