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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 4, 2009

What it's all about

When I first read this blog topic I was racking my brain trying to think of a moment in this past week that made me feel like I was a "real" teacher. Yes, I feel good about my class when they are engaged and listen attentively. It makes me feel great when I know that they are really understanding the topic that we are covering. I love seeing good grades on the test!! However, none of these things can compare to how I feel as a teacher (and human being) when interact with my students on a more personal level. I was amazed the first time one of my students came to me with a problem and asked for advice. Most of the time I just listen and help them sort through the problem themselves. Usually, they know what the right thing to do is, they just need a little support. I encourage them to be the best person that they can be and to hold themselves to a high standard. Some of my students just need someone to take an interest in them. They need to know that someone cares and believes in them! It is a wonderful feeling to open an email from a former student who is now in college or to get a surprise visit from them! When they tell you how much they miss your class and how much they miss having you as a teacher, that's what it's all about!

1 comment:

NATE said...

I think when you see that a student really listens and put trust in you is a moment which you will not forget as a teacher. My student talk to me about a lot of things. Even the students in the school that are not in my classes seek me out to talk as well. They know that I am always there running, working out or working he after school program. I think they see me doing the same things that they do, so they feel I can relate with their lives but from an adults perpective.