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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?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What I've learned about students

The biggest thing I have learned about my students in this, my first year teaching, is that they truly want to be busy. Aside from the maturity factor, the teacher and the student are not very different. I know that if I am in a situation where I cannot leave, but I have nothing to do, I get anxious. It is only my personal maturity that keeps me in line. As I have gotten older, I have learned to manage my time and control my impulses. I can't say that was the case when I was in high school. I certainly know it's not the case for my students.

However, when kept busy, my students have produced some inspired design work. Of course they are all at different levels, but in their own way, they have excelled. As a result, I have tried to provide enough work to keep them as busy as I can. I have a long way to go, but I think it will get better as time goes on.

Also, I have learned that the most obstinate student can sometimes end up being the most helpful. I am not a yeller (even though I am quite capable), so I tend to pull students to the side and talk to them. As a result, they tend to respond much more favorably, at least for me.

Students can be incredibly complex, as well as extremely simple to figure out. They don't hide things very well, but they are not willing to share. I think that it is going to be a very interesting career.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

You really hit the nail on the head on this one Kennis. I have had a couple of days where my plan fell completely apart and I didn't have five or six back-up plans like I am sure our instructors would have liked. They aren't reading this are they? Anyway, I saw immediately that they are at their worst when the leash is long. They grumble at some of the work but they grind to a halt when there is no structure.