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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?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bag lady

This week, I learned that I am a bag lady. I've realized that as a teacher, I am taking on my students' baggage. When a student confides that they don't have power at home, I find myself worrying about how they complete their homework, and if food is being cooked in the home. I've found that the issues they're going through keep me awake at night and I want to do all I can to help them. I realize that these issues are beyond my control and that the weight of their problems will only weigh me down. I guess that it makes me a good teacher because I care so much and I realize that caring so much will be detrimental to me the person.

1 comment:

vj said...

Pamela, You are not alone. Although I do try to leave the issue at the school and I pray silently for the issues that my students have, and some of them are far to painful to think about. I have a student who's from South America and she's here with her father and she is 17 in the 9th grade and she says her father hates her and buys her nothing and will not allow her or her other sibblings to get jobs. Her mother is in South America and she wants to go back to her and cannot. Real sad I do continue to encourage her each day. So I say to you Pray and Encourage and let it go.