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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

What I have learned from my students

One of the most important things that I have learned from my students is not to take things too personally. When I first started teaching I was shocked at some of the things that my students would say to me or some of the things that they would do. Sometimes it was more of what they wouldn't do that made me feel like they didn't care. I thought "these kids really must not like me, otherwise they would do what I asked them to do." I have slowly started to realize that it is nothing personal. So many of these kids tell me on a regular basis how much they love me and my class, yet sometimes they still are lazy or unmotivated. I have to remember that they are teenagers!! I have to remember that these kids are so focused on themselves that they don't have time to think about how their actions (or lack of) make me feel!! I now know that when students are tired or not wanting to work it may be because they have been up all night playing video games or texting. I have found that when I explain to them how their actions may be perceived by others, they seem shocked that they were sending that message. Some students have not been taught any manners or social skills at home so I try to implement that into my interaction with them. I have to remember to be patient and not take it personally!!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Quite an insightful post, Tonya. Have alligator skin and be patient - I like it! Also prepares you for when your own are that age, too!