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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?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Rewards and Challenges"

I know it must be very rewarding for a counselor when they see students succeed. I knew a counselor last year who was going through a hurtful time with a student who had no parents. This student had to emancipated in order to receive financial aid. It was very hurtful to see the student go through the process, yet at the same time it was very rewarding in the end. Now that student is in college, with a number of mentors, because the counselor told her story to only a few trusted colleagues. It is rewarding for me as the student's teacher and mentor as well.

Challenging as well. I have another story that didn't end so well. Another student that the counselor was working so hard with, not just her senior year, but all through high school. She decided that school really wasn't that important to her anymore. Getting married, quitting school, and having a baby was her first priority. Not only was this student a honor student, she also was in line for a academic scholarship. I know this had to be a challenge, it seems as if all your hard work went down the drain. I have come to realize that we can't save them all, no matter how hard we try, and that if we can save just one, we have done our jobs. So I know that this job just like most jobs have there rewards and with those rewards come challenges.

1 comment:

donna bresnan said...

LV, I think your examples are a wonderful demonstration of why we as teachers should try our hardest not to pre-judge students and their capabilities...or lack thereof. Everyday I come to school trying to put each of my students on an equal basis for my attention and belief that each one can be successful. Some days are easier than others. But in the end, the final choices are theirs and all we can do is our best and pray for them all.