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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

The Rewards of Teaching

I teach Healthcare Science. I thought that since the students elect to take my class rather than it being required, like English, Math etc., that they would be more interested and that they would apply themselves more. I found out that my pre-conceived idea is really not reality at all. I have many students that do not complete assignments, do not study, and many fail tests. Initially, or my first year of teaching, this was very disheartning to me. After taking NTI this summer and discussing adolescent behavior, I am learning how to deal with their mindsets and their behavior. I said all of that to say this, I do have a few students that are doing well and that do apply themselves. I give the students medical terminology tests. The students that apply themselves have done really well on the medical terminology tests. To see that these students are interested in the class and are doing well as well as them being excited about their accomplishments is very rewarding to me. I can begin to see that my labor is not in vain. I have had to learn that just because students don't do well may not be directly related to me but it may be because of choices that they make. They have to learn that there are consequences to their actions and that they have to work toward making sure that they have a successful future. I will do my part. It is up to them to do their part as well.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Penelope - you have identified one of our biggest challenges as teachers, and that is to reach out and motivate those students who are not 'excited' to be in our class. If you can create lessons that grab the attention of those students, everyone in your class will benefit, including you. Reach them, then teach them!

NATE said...

I have a lot of student who state "I dont want to be a police" as well! Most of my students I felt were just put in my class because there was no no where else to go. But after asking them, som did state that they wanted to be lawyers, judges and even law enforcement officers. Those students do better than most but I do have some that become interested as we get more into the suject. That is great when a child or young adult discovers somtheing that they never thought of as a future possibility.