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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?

Friday, September 7, 2012


 I have a student who I have been teaching for three semesters now. In the past two classes, she had been the student who I almost constantly had to stay on to remain on task, often distracting other students, and quite honestly, not really "with it." I remember how she behaved during a class discussion on ethics during the first semester that I taught her. She was apathetic regarding the topic, and needless to say, she did not do well. However, I have tried to provide guidance as best I could. 

Last week, I held a review discussion on ethics. This student in particular stood out to me. She was fully engaged and provided great feedback regarding the questions that I asked! She was also inquisitive, asking very earnest and thoughtful questions. She assumed a leadership role, advising some of her classmates on ethical decision-making and also let them know when they were not behaving professionally. It was during this discussion that I really noticed how much she has grown. These days, she often takes a leadership role during many activities, and she's a good leader. She has gone from not doing well in previous classes to being one of my top students! She is now a conscientious worker, and I am so proud of her! I had a talk with her the other day after school (she even volunteered to stay after school in order to talk to me) and let her know that I had noticed her growth, and I was very proud of her. I also encouraged her to keep moving forward with her progression. I don't know which one of us was beaming more! I pray that she keeps moving in the right direction!...This is what teaching is all about!

1 comment:

Ken said...

It is amazing how the students crave that positive reinforcement.