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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, December 7, 2009

Got your back

The most important thing I have learned about my students this semester is that if they perceive you to "have their back" they will have yours too. I don't hesitate to tell my kids which rules are strictly mine and which are from admin. They know that they are all to be adhered to regardless of whom decreed them. That said, they have all realised that I don't mind going to bat for them in a pinch. They have also seem me take heat for them on occasion when the lines were blurry, so to speak. Some of you have noticed that when Dr. M came to observe, the kids were on better than average behavior. They respond to the idea that we all have rules to follow. Consequently, when a misunderstanding arises, they rush to stand behind me. Feels good.


Tonya said...

I totally agree with this. I have been suprised over and over again by my students stepping up to the plate for me when it really matters! We have a lot of visitors coming through our school on a regular basis. My students are usually on their best behavior. It is like they really don't want to make me look bad, or more than that, they want to make me look good. That really speaks volumns about how your students feel about you!!

Dr. M said...

Another great post, Pat, and so true. And they will always look to us as role models because of what you just said . . . hopefully we never let them down in that regard.