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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 I learned about myself as a teacher this week, is that our students can see and tell us things about ourselves that we might not see. If we take heed to some of the things they say, we might just grow. This week my 4th period Salon II class, have had a couple of issues. I had decided that I was going to limit their lab days to one day, instead of the 3-4 days, because of some behavior problems. Well, over the weekend, I thought about the situation. How it really wouldn't be right to punish a whole class for a couple of students.

So Monday we had a talk as a class with the activity "Chalk Talk". I ask them how do they feel as a class things that we can do to take care of the problems that we are having. I was amazed at some of the things that the students were coming up with. They even had some things that made me look at myself. Things that I had to admit to, like maybe showing favortism of certain students. Once it was all over, we played "random acts of kindness", and the class was very productive. I lefted the words on the board so that they could reflect on them, and kept them on the board the next day as well. Our lab experience really was better the next day. Everybody was on board and I believe they appreciated being in the lab more, and put forth more of an effect to have and peaceful experience.

1 comment:

Sabrina said...

This is so true about reflection and learning to listen to the students. Some students can give you reason to grow as a teacher. I had a moment somewhat similar, and after I had my "chalk talk" I had one of the students apologize. I am really going through a reflection stage. I'm in the midst of making decisions that are difficult but I know I must make. Keep up the good work.