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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?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Impressed and Suprised

Well let me begin by saying my students have been very well behaved lately. Despite the occassional stand off betweentwo students we don't have many incidents, since the positions have been assigned. Today I recieved my visit with Ms. Greene. First let me say she is a very nice woman. I wasn't very nervous about my "presentation". However as Scott has already mentioned in his post I read earlier today, I was very nervous about their cutting up during her visit. Well, again I was suprised and impressed by their behavior. We played a tool assignment game in review for the upcoming module exam and I had a three way tie for First Place. I assigned a tie breaker and again all answed correctly. Then we proceeded to the shop area. Again, everyone acted totally professional. They even kept their tone of voice low. I had to mention to Ms Greene that this behavior is above par, feeling she might think this was some kind of staged event. It was at this moment when I felt most connected. Ms Greene replied to me, "The reason is that they admire and respect you." That was it for me! Now let me just say I was not perfect. I didn't even state the objective which was plainly written in front of me. But, all in all. it was a very good day.

1 comment:

Dwayne said...

To me, one of the greatest achievements as a teacher is when you connect with students and they see you as a person who is investing in them. For your administrator to comment that they students respect you shows me that you have invested in them and it was a way for them to return a thanks to you. I am only a second year teacher, but I have worked with students for years. Some students will tell you every day how much they like you and on and on and on. But, what is really awesome is when the ones show you respect that you weren't even sure you were impacting. We teach the students information and knowledge, but I try to look at my job as much more than that. We are, on some levels, their mothers, their fathers, and some of them, we are the only family they have. They aren't looking for more friends. They are looking for leaders that will show them the way. I think the respect that your class showed you that day shows that you are living a perfect example to that.