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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

Lessons Learned

I have learned that some of my students will eventually be, what I want them to be right now. I am realizing (having a tough time with it though) that a student's best and my expectations are usually not on the same level. In my last blog I wrote about how I had a tough week with some of my kids. I am having to learn that they are just kids and sometimes they will exceed my expectations and other times they may let me down.

After this past week, I had to recall something my mom always told me in high school. "You will never be responsible considering how messy you keep your room." Well I did keep my room a mess as a child but funny enough, I moved out at 18 and got my own place and have always had a neat home since.

She assumed then as I do now that if a child (our students) cannot achieve something now then they never will but the messiest (most unruly or unorganized student) child might become the neatest (most successful) adult.

The title is lessons learned but I think I should change it to lessons still being learned. This one is a hard one for me to grasp but I realize the sooner that I do, the easier my life will be.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

As usual, Ginger, your post is movingly insightful. And you are on your way to learning how to be a Master Teacher as well, based on your posts and comments this semester. But when do you sleep?