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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 25, 2010

Don't judge the book by it's cover

"Have you ever made assumptions about one of your student's or someone else's ability only to learn later that you were inaccurate? On what basis did you make your first judgment and what caused you to change your perspective?"

Picture, a student with sagging pants and his eyebrow's cut up. Then imagine him sitting in you class and giving you one of those "looks" know the kind of look as if he was sizing you up.

"Great!" I said to myself.

Well he has turned out to be one of my brightness students. He join my Skills USA Criminal Justice Club, and told me that we were going to nationals. He always have a positive attitude, and when I learned that his sister was raising him because his mother passed away some years ago then I knew he was truly a "diamond in the rough."

What I enjoy most about life, is that I'm still learning. I pray that never stops.


Chef BCY said...

Great comment Sabrina we have to first read the book then make a judgment. I have had some "diamonds" in my class also and they are few and far between.

One of my students has an IEP but is an extremely hard worker with good knife skills and if he continues to practice can be an asset on our competition teams.

Keep hunting for diamonds.

vj said...


I have also made an assumption about this young man who use to hang out in front of the salon where I work with his sagging pants. I would frown every time I pulled up to the shop and would see him sitting in front of the barber shop smoking a black-n-mild cigar writing in a pad and patting his feet and bopping his head like he heard some music. I asked the owner who was this kid in front of the shop and she said "he's a barber". That was a suprise but that still did not change the way I felt about him and I did'nt even know him. I would not even speak to him or give him the opportunity to speak to me. I just assumed he was a drug dealer on the down low using barbering as a cover up. I was so wrong about this youn man. One day he came into the salon and he said to the other laadies in the salon " I came to say good-bye"
and I thought good he's leaving. He peep in my room and said good-bye Miss Val. I did'nt even know he knew my name,so I said where are you going and he said "I have been accepted into Morehouse College. WOW! I felt worse than I have ever felt in my life. He had completed two years at a local college waiting to get accepted into Morehouse and he was a writer. I thought he was writing a rap what do I know, so you're right I'm still learning too, and I've changed tremendously. I apologize to this young man and told him I was wrong about him, and I wish him the best and gave him a donation.