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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, November 21, 2009

One of the Best Compliments I Have Gotten in A Year and A Half!

In my class right now, we are doing picture videos. I have the kids bring in 30 or 40 pictures of themselves from the time they were born until now. We teach them how to scan. Even show them some basics in Photoshop. Then we do Ken Burns style picture moves to make it all look professional. One of the things I tell them is that we are doing this as a surprise gift for a mother, father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, or friend. I try to cover all of the areas because we all know our kids of from all kinds of different families now. Which brings me to my story of Courtney. She is a BVP II student. Last year when we did this project, her mom was sick with cancer and Courtney really got into the project to give to her mom. Courtney's mom has been sick most of her life and with that, Courtney has taken on an Emo type look and to some teachers, attitude. Last year, I really had a heart for what she was going through and it wasn't long until after she finished her video that her mom passed away. So, when I announced the project for this year, she came to me and said, "Mr. Maynard, I don't know if I can do this again." A lot of teachers not getting close to Courtney, wouldn't understand why she couldn't do it. I am not even sure a lot of her main stream teachers even know she lost her mom. So, I told her I understand. Is there a picture video that you could do this year? She went on to talk about how her boyfriend has been there through all of this for her. So, I said, "Well, there's your answer. Let's do a video for him." She replied, "Mr. Maynard, you are my favorite teacher. If every teacher was like you, I would love coming to school." I thanked her and told her that she had made my day. Or, actually, I guess she has make my first year and a half.

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