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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, September 7, 2010

A good feeling

We had an outside project to repair an antenna at our school football field. Instead of giving the project to the maintenance department, I thought it would be good experience to let all the students help in the repair which involved a field weld with the portable machine.

We completed the work and all the students started walking back to the class. One of the students who I had last year slowed down and began walking with me. This student has a speech problem (stutters) and he started to talk to me. It took him a while to convey his thoughts but what he said was that he was going to drop out of school but did not because he liked my class so much. His background is typical for a lot of my students--no dad and no money in the family.

Last year, six of my students dropped out of school before January. They drop out for a variety of reasons. It makes me feel good to think that in some small way, one student at a time, I am making a difference.

The kid made my day.

1 comment:

Freda said...

Hi Mike,what a wonderful gift. Just think how this young man's life has changed. From a potential drop-out to, who knows the possiblities are endless. God bless you and keep teaching. Freda