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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

The most important thing

The most important thing I've learned about my students is that they lack time management skills. My school is the only high school in the county that has returned to 7 period days vs. block scheduling. I recognized early that the students seemed to lack rudimentary organizational skills. As a result, I instituted the use of a notebook with specific guidelines for organization and success. On Friday, I completed a notebook check during 7th period after posting the check for 3 days with the specific items that would be evaluated. Many of the students had all the required components. One student in my class is really experiencing challenges submitting all of the assignments and as a result, he is failing the class. I ran into his mother during lunch on Friday and invited her to sit in on his afternoon class. He was shocked to see her walk into the room. Acknowledging his lack of participation, his mom rapidly ask him for rational for his performance in the class. His response was, "I don't have time to do these assignments with the work from my other classes each night". His mother sat and reviewed the work that was missing and rapidly concluded that each assignment would take less than 15-20 minutes for an organized student. She vowed that I would see a change on Monday. Well, here we are and I can't wait to see what the day holds.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Suzzette - you have vividly shared what a powerful ally parents are for us! We should invite all our parents into our clasrooms/labs more often, or have a standing invite for them to come and observe as it really makes a difference. Let us know later this week how the student responds . . . you'll get the chance as you'll see.