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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

What I learned from the parent's of my students...

What I learned from the parent's of my students this semester is that they are totally shocked when you call and or e-mail them to tell them their child is doing well or to check on their child if the student is ill. It seems they hear your name and think it is something bad like a conduct issue or a test grade etc... I will be honest it is cool to hear the parents happy and then see the student the next day with a little swagger because of the confidence they received from a positive phone call or e-mail. I actually need to do this more often, but when I do it seems to go such a long way.....


Patrick said...

I could not agree more Sly. I call home with good news often and the parents respond well to it. I have had several kids go into the hospital for one reason or another. I visited each in the hospital. The parents were shocked and grateful. I was shocked that the other teachers did not bother. One kid was in for a month. I made three trips and I was the only one. Keep up the good work buddy!!!

Tonya said...

You know, I think that this is a fantastic idea. I know, as a parent myself, I never get sick of hearing someone else sing the praises of my children!! I have not done enough of this with my students and it is something that I would like to do more often. The few times that I have called a parent with good new about their child, I literally felt like I could hear the smile on their face and the happiness in their heart. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me how special this is to a parent!