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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?

Sunday, April 4, 2010


As much as I hate to admit it , I have been guilty of making assumptions about the ability of some students. I have always tried to have an open mind about people and tried not to have preconceived ideas, but I believe it is human nature to occasionally assume. One particular situation instantly comes to mind. Last year I had a student in one of my CNA classes who was a special needs student. I was unsure about how well she would do on the state certification test and was really quite concerned. I knew that the test was going to cost her over $100 bucks to take. I knew that it would be money that was hard to come by. She worked so hard and studied so hard for that test. By her own choice, she would even stay after school so that I could help her with some of her skills. After all was said and done, she did a fantastic job on her test!! The state evaluator even commented to me about how well she did on her skills portion of the test. Today she is a State Certified Nursing Assistant!

1 comment:

Penelope said...

I am in agreement with you Tonya. We are all guilty of judging and/or making assumptions about our students and for me others. Is this right? I am convicted that I need to give people the benefit of the doubt. As I stated in my post, everyone is capable of succeeding especially with the guidance, understanding, and encouragement. I too have students that will sit for the state exam. I have my concerns about some of them. I am sure that many of them will surprise me as your student did. I have to learn to not look at the outside and look within. I have learned that beneath all of the debris that we see, that are actually jewels in them. I have my days and have had my share of trials and tregedy, but underneath all of that, I am really a good person and I have alot to offer my students and others. You stay encouraged as I will too stay encouraged.