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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, April 1, 2010


I have assumed a student could not learn and didn't want to learn. I didn't realize I was doing it until there was a rude awaken for me. I certainly didn't mean any harm but I'm guilty. I certain hope I stay away from slipping into judgement even though the student is willing to learn. Just because they chose not to learn doesn't mean they don't have the ability to learn. I had a student last semester who came to class everyday and slept and rarely talked. He never participated in class and only completed 10% of class assignments. I was told this student sleeps in every class and goes to In School Suspension on a regular basis. This student grade point avg was below 60. During the last 3 weeks of school I had a class discussion about Alcoholism. While I was lecturing this student was awake and talking so I ask him to join me by reading the information on the PowerPoint. To my surprise this student read the whole slide perfectly without hesitation. Then he offered comments on the subject matter. I was stunned. I praised this student for his assistance. That was a lesson learned. Even though he didn't show motivation,talk,read or complete assignment doesn't mean he couldn't learn because he demonstrated he knows how to read,speak and comprehend from previous classes. The fact remain a student won't learn until they are ready. I just wish all students would appreciate all and any learning opportunity that comes their way.


Coach Sly said...

Thanks for being transparent. It is awesome how you did not write him off and when he was attentive you were receptive to that. Thanks for you comments and it has been awesome seeing you grow as a teacher over the past 10 months...have a Blessed Easter!

Redding said...

Hey Angel,
I know we all are guilty of assumptions. So many kids come into our classroom with distractions and problems we could never imagine. After all, we are used to picking up on social skills in the adult world to make assumptions about the people with whom we are communicating. It seems that among the difficulties students face today, lack of social skills is high on the list.
Sounds like you handled this situation in a great way!