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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?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Now I am a Detective

Lesson was going well, students seemed to be engaged, lets just end with a brief explanation in the Lab. I gave instructions to move into the lab, which is just thru a door, and has large windows to see into the classroom. Two students lagged behind just for a minute to finish the last question on the worksheet. My wandering student had to be corralled back into the lab twice. Ten minutes later we finished the demonstration and headed back to the classroom. Only 5 minutes left in the block. Then it happened. A student went into her purse that she had left in the classroom, only to find her cell phone & wallet missing. (Of course she is one of my brightest, and was just homecoming queen the past weekend) The door to the classroom that I always keep closed and locked had not been completely closed by a student who had left class 15 minutes prior for a trip to the nurse to take meds. We did not see anyone come into the classroom. So now I have to call an administrator. He comes running in, the principal shows up with the campus officer. Bell has rung, but no one is allowed to leave. Next class is coming in. I'm getting a lesson on search & seizure! Next I'm calling the nurse to check on the student who left for the meds and the nurse says she has never heard of her. She has been leaving class 15 minutes early for the last 5 days to "take meds". At the end of the day, having filed the proper paperwork, written a admin referral for skipping, called a mom to tell her, her daughter has lied, my stomach was in knots. The biggest reason was that someone who I see everyday has made the class feel unsafe in my room. There is one amusing note. I had made arrangements to film the next day's class for NTI a week ago. Now the camera was set up & they all thought it was because of the theft. I never said anything to the contrary.

1 comment:

Angel said...

Oh my emily you had a challenging day. After reading your post became nervous. I'm so glad you made it through the day. I truly hope you don't have another day like that again. I don't know what I would have done in your situtation. I must say I salute you for handling the situation. There is know way we can see and know everything. All we can do is do our best as a teacher,mentor,friend etc. I hope you can rest now!:)