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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

Brilliance just beneath

I have a student this year whom is undeniably brilliant. He took my Foundation class to fill up his schedule. He is a senior, so he will not be taking the higher level automotive course. I did not recognize his talent at first. You see, I thought he was dumb. He has, like many of us southerners, a slow speech pattern. His seems much slower than most. More noticeable, though, was the look on his face. It reminded me of a line in an Eagle's song, "She just looked at me, uncomprehendingly, like a cow at a passing train". He has that look, almost always. As I have gotten to know him I realize I couldn't have been more wrong. He can actually process many complex tasks simultaneously. He can work out Hawking level math equations while reading an article about alternative fuels while writing(in his head) the next chapter to a book. He is writing a book about some science fiction topic. I am so glad I was blessed with the opportunity to meet and get to know this young man. I will think of him every time I meet a kid who seems to have a 10 watt bulb in a 100 watt socket.


Wyndell said...

I Love It! "10 watt bulb in a 100 watt socket". Sometimes I feel like I am the other way around, a 100 wattbulb in a 10 watt socket. Thanks for this story, you have made my day!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Pat - as usual your stories are poignant, yet humorous. I will look back at cows in passing in a different manner now. Thanks for sharing.

SELINA said...

This is all about "love" Wood you bring life and excitment to the world of Automotive .. Your students sounds like the story of the now famous movie " The Blind Side" Thanks for your inspiration