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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?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Open Mic

I have been working in the school system now for 5 years and never have I ever had to write a student up until last week. Luckily I have always been able to talk to the student and we can work something out without getting the administration involved. Students can serve detention or do a report or I just call home and the parents handle the situation. Well, I have this student that has been in some of my classes for 3 years, she is a special needs student (very high functioning). Monday, Dr. Montrios was coming to visit and we were doing a HUGE group project. Well, this particular student told some of the other girls that she didn't want to come to class and do the stupid group project. The girls told me what was said at the end of the day on Monday, sure enough she didn't show up to class. I am very close to this student so it hurt me deeply but it also angered me. Why would she want to skip MY class. Well I waited until I saw her on the next A day, and confronted her about the situation. She said that she had went to the Library to work on a project for another class. I explained that we have a no skipping policy and that I would have to write her up. She got extremely upset and stormed off. I later got an email saying that she would be in ISS for 2 days this week. At the end of Wednesday she came to my room in tears and apologized for skipping my class and told me she would never do this again. It was truly heartfelt and I told her that I forgave her and we are on great terms now. I was really worried that this would interfere with the classroom, but luckily it is not!

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