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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?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What have I learned?

I have learned a large majority of my students are experiencing financial hardships. I have never heard of so many people being unemployed. We are at an all time record breaking enrollment at the technical college level. I am very soft hearted and want to help everyone, but that is impossible and I sometimes I feel worn down. But I must push myself to stay strong for my students. I have students who cannot afford the uniforms required by our department. Some cannot afford books for another three weeks or until their grant money arrives. It is my job to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn no matter what the circumstances. So until my students can purchase textbooks I will photo copy all book assignments to keep them up to date with the class. And I will do everything in my power to keep them motivated.
I have an inspirational message or quote on the smart board when they enter the classroom. And I speak in the most upbeat manner possible. I find my adult and dual enrolled high school students need a lot of positive influence in their life when the chips are down. I keep reminding them to look forward to the brighter future they will have when they complete the cosmetology program. Many of them thank me for bringing short story messages of hope and inspiration or positive quotes to them. They say it is very helpful. It is a wonderful feeling when I know I am making a difference.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Hey!! You are so right!! Not only is it hard on parents it is really hard on students. They feel inferior to others and often get depressed about things that should not even concern them like bills. Kids are having to grow up way to early and they are taking on adult problems that they shouldnt. I LOVE the idea of an inspirational quote on the board!! That is a great idea and positive attitudes bread positive behavior :) Thanks for sharing and for the great idea! Have a great week.