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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?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The most important thing that I have learned about the parents of my students is that to my surprise, they don't take sides with their child. I have had many instances where I have had to call parents to be the bearer of bad news regarding their child and their behavior or bad grades. After I introduce myself and explain the nature of my call, to my surprise they listen patiently and they let me know that they will deal with their child. I have seen instances where parents were very beligerent with other teachers and administrators. Because of the area of the county where I teach, I did expect to have problems with and from parents, espcecially since the students many times emulate their parents. I am however glad that I can and have an open relationship with the parents. When I am speaking with the parents, I communicate and emphasize how much I care for their children. When they see this rather than negative a attitude or vibes, I think that this helps them to see my heart. I also share with them my goals for thier child and the program. I appreciate being able to have the parental support that I did not expect.


Ginger said...


That is great to hear you have such support from the parents. I understand the worry of making those phone calls. I have one that I have put off because I am dreading how his mom is going to react. If children emulate their parents then his mom will be a difficult parent to talk to.

It is in the child's best interest when parents are supportive rather than difficult but I can also understand how easy it would be to become defensive when someone is upset with your child. I think you are right when you said that they are more receptive because they can tell that you care. We have only the student's best interest at heart.

Kennis said...

That is great to hear. I said in my post that I haven't had a bad run in with a parent yet. So I am almost in the same boat. The parents I have had contact with are much like you describe. The want to know the scoop on what is happening with their child. Are they paying attention? Do they act up in class? "Just let me know and I'll straighten it out." As far as parents go, so far I could not be more pleased.