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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, March 17, 2010

Good Teaching

I think "keeping it real" constitutes good teaching. In CTE, we are expected to teach industry standards, protocol and procedures along with real life experiences. Our students appreciate it when we factor in life skills and true life experiences into our lessons and this is what make what we teach and how we teach it so unique. No matter how many standards I cover and evidence based practices incorporated into each lesson, students still hunger for those "I remember the time" moments. Whenever I recall professional situations in class, the students are captivated and attentive.

"Keeping it real" not only refers to professional experiences but to those times when we as educators offer guidance as it relates to collegiate choices, financial aid preparation, completing an application and even confidential matters. Some of our students value the opinion of good teachers over those of their parents. Just this week-end one of my former students pledged my Sorority because of some of my influences on her while she was a high school student. I was able to write her letter of recommendation and Pin her during the induction ceremony. I felt as if I was welcoming my own child into my Sorority. Had I not been a good teacher, I would not have been able to experience this so soon.


Wyndell said...

Hi Anitra!

Congratulations! There is no higher honor than for someone to attempt to walk in you foot steps. I agree... Having a student desire our guidance is a special part of being a good teacher. I’m sure you are a wonderful teacher.

Anitra said...

Thanks Wyndell!!