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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, November 28, 2010

Open Mic

I teach in a small rural town and resources are not very plentiful for my students. Before I became the Health Care Science Instructor, my students were not exposed to a lot of different health care settings or opportunities in health care. There is one nursing home located in the area and because the school has not had a strong presence there, the acceptance of students has not gone over very well. I have worked hard this semester to change this perception but there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome. I understand that it will take some time to establish my program and get the community support we need for the students to be successful. I am hopeful that this year will set the tone for years to come, but if anyone has any suggestions or past successes I would love to draw from your experiences.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Janet - one of your biggest assests in creating and maintaining positive and deep community involvement is you. Your friendly and professional attitude should be well-received throughout your area, but the down side is that you will have to be the front person on community relations for awhile.

As time goes on and the quality of your program is accepted, your students can then assume some of the spotlight and run with it. Place your best students out front and do everything with an eye on building positive perceptions of your students and program, because, unfortunately, you know what most people think about high school students. Once your program's reputation gets established, success and access will increase over time, and the occasional bump from a student 'mistake' will be taken in stride by the community. But you are your program's secret weapon - don't keep yourself secret - go get 'em!