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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?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Words of Wisdom

Well , I should say that I have a great family, good health, a job- I already have won the lottery. But one can dream.
After booking the yacht to travel around the world I would then meet with my replacement.
Not having a lot of experience with teaching ideology, I could only advise what has worked best for me. Be flexible but consistent. Can't tell you how many times I have had to change up a lesson, change focus on a student, or do what seemed to be irrelevant yet necessary. Flexibility while staying within the standards and student needs. Yet, while being flexible, one has to be consistent with adolescents. They really do crave stability and fairness, and as much as they moan, want some predictability.
Of course the other advice is that they should be proud of the profession they have chosen and impart that to their students.
Now to tour the world !


GETZ said...

Emily, I almost wrote the same thing. Fairness and flexibility helped me survive my first year with little knowledge of the day to day skills I needed to excel at teaching. Isn't it funny that after the kids have experienced your consistency, they will start calling for it if you look like you are slipping. Learning flexibility as teenagers will prepare our students for survival in the real world. So many of the students today are ritually compliant, simply regurgitating the project/assignment rubric in their work without thought of thinking outside the box a bit. Your model of flexibility and consistency will let them explore other options, with the knowledge that the end result can still be the same, and you will accept their effort. Flexibility and consistency really applies in all aspects of education. Discipline, curriculum design, assessment...the list goes on. Every teacher could stand to be a little more flexible in one area or another.

Randi said...

You are so funny! Let me know when the yacht leaves so I can come with you! I believe this wonderful advice that you have left! As knew teachers we must learn what works and what doesn't. Its almost like a trial and error strategy. What works for one person may not for someone else. When I took the teacher that retireds place, she gave me great advice, but just because it worked for her doesn't mean that it worked for me! Great advice Emily!

Penelope said...

Emily, I am so in agreement with you. Flexibility is very important. Everyday is not the same. And everyday will not go as planned. When it doesn't go as planned or expected, dont' take it personally move on with what seems right at that moment. I also agree that consistency is very important. This way they know what to expect and know the routine. I believe that students like this. And finally, I agree that we need to be proud of the profession that we have chosen because it is a great opportunity to impart into the lives of young people. For me, if I only touch one, I will know that my hard work was not in vain.