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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, September 3, 2012


Last week the students were extremely confused because they hadn't had a permanent teacher for their Spanish class.  Not sure if the position had been filled yet, but the students were worried that their grades were not going to be documented in the grade book.  This is to make sure so that they would have something to show to their parents.  With me coming in on the tail end of things and not knowing exactly what was going on, I contacted the administrative staff to see if it was possible that someone could come and speak with the students and explain to them exactly how their grades were going to be recored and when.  I also contacted to departmental chair to verify when their papers were going to be graded and on what grading scale.  After being there a few days with the students and trying to solve all of thier questions and concerns, the students thanked me for clairfying the information that they weren't receiving.  To them, it was a like a load lifted off of their shoulders, becasue now, they have a sense of direction.  Even though it wasn't much, I was glad I could be of help to those kids to make sure they were on the right track.  Very rewarding!!

1 comment:

Dr.L said...

When students don't have a permenant teacher things can get confusing. Students worry about grades and other issues. That was a great thing that you did. Having your students best interest is what teaching is all about. Your first impression with your students was an excellent one. You have gained their trust and respect. You made sure that your students came first. Now students will feel confident that they will learn and will be awarded accordingly for their effort. I'm glad that you have experienced this and is on your way to an excellent year.