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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?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

week 4

I had a day when none of my classes wanted to do anything that day. Of course it was a day when i was fell sick and was tired as well. The more i tried to get my kids to work on projects they just seemed to just want to talk and play in class. It wasn't all my students just the students that don't care about school all the time. I asked around to other teachers if they had the same problem and some said yes. It was just about the worst day of my teaching career. After talking around to my co-workers and seeing that they were having some of the same problems relaxed me a lot. I really thought that i had my classes on track and that the students understood what was expected from me. So for the next day or two i just did the best i could and it got better and things were back to normal ( well the best it could be).


Dwayne said...


I have had those days before. My wife claims that it is the full moon's fault. But, I would have to say it is lack of belt to the rear end. But seriously, I think these students pick up on our feelings and how we are on certain days. Sometimes I think they just want to try us to see how far they can literally push our buttons. And then of course, there are students that think nothing else EVER matters but them. I once heard that kids are extremely self-absorbed. I was making a statement to one of my female students that has a habit of talking all the time that she was kind of like my daughter, brilliant, but somehow ended up talking in her classes when she should have been listening. She laughed and said, "Oh, Mr. Maynard, I don't talk in my other classes. Just yours." My response was, "Well, thank you." I know exactly where you have been Courtney.

Suzette said...

Hi Courtney,

I understand that feeling you expressed so well in your blog. The students in my classes communicate so well regarding the class activities that I am forced to change activities to offer a challenge to those students coming later in the day. They often respond, "This isn't what you did during 1st period". I am also experiencing significant disappointment regarding the success of the students. I have spent a significant amount of time on note taking skills, organization and time management. I gave an OPEN NOTEBOOK test last week and the student’s grades were parallel to a blinded test. I have to admit frustration with this. But, I will keep on keeping on and one day they will have an epiphany--I hope!