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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

What makes a good teacher.

Well let me first say when I began teaching high school students I was a bit confused. I believed that being a good disciplinarian was being a good teacher. I have since learned that having a good connection with your students far exceeds the need for stern discipline. I think that students, when they can feel your interest in a subject and them learning it, will behave more according to the rules set forth upon the onset of the class. When students admire and respect you for your efforts, I have noticed that their behavior far exceeds in my class vs my coworkers whom may not try to "reach through" to the students. I believe that the connection is most important. Why do teachers have such various thoughts on this subject? I think it's because we have all had such different experiences. I believe, usually an individual will refer to the teacher whom most "reached" them. That person would be Mr Ippolitto for me. Now he was a great teacher. I hope to aspire to his greatness, in my mind, some day in my students thoughts.


Angel said...

Hi Vince,

I enjoyed reading you post because I agree with you. Discipline helps in the classroom but it's not the number one answer to get students motivated to learn. Connecting to the student is a vital part for learing and understanding the students. Students want respect and when they recieve it usually they give respect.

Vsz said...

Well thank you Angel! See you April 24th