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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, February 6, 2012

Rewards and Challenges

At our school, alumni students return every year toward the end of the fall semester for a special occasion. The occasion is known as Youth Motivation Day where the entire school attends an assembly and listen to the the challenges and rewards that former students have encountered after graduation. The alumni are then broken into groups and rotate to different advisories and share more personal experiences about their college experience and the road they travelled to get there. Counselors at our school have commented that this day is eye opening and sometimes daunting because they have to face the post secondary success and failures of our students. I think that experience above all else is both rewarding and challenging for our counselors.

1 comment:

Craig said...

Melanie, I've not heard of anything like that but after dealing with my "educationally challenged" students I can easily see how this is effective.

As a coach, I always encourage former players to come back during the offseason. I do this for various reasons. They can "sell" a message that I can't because they are still perceived by players as one of them. I can tell the same exact message and it doesn't have near the impact that someone close in their own age can have when they tell of their own new experience.

I can easily see how this same concept would translate to the educational aspect our current students face.