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FINAL BLOG POST - OUR "DAILY TRIPLE" (DUE 12/1).
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?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Impact

After class on Tuesday night I decided I would log on to the blog and get my homework completed. Our IT staff decided to update the computers and shut everything down as I was logging out. At this moment I also realized I had misplaced my G-mail account information, throughout the week everytime I attempted to log on something else came up.I am normally much better prepared and this left me wondering why.

This week I realized I was getting caught up in the day to day stuff around teaching and getting overwhelmed with a ton of meetings and stuff. By Friday I felt I was losing sight of my students.

On Friday I received a e-mail from a parent that really answer the question of the week, NOW I know why.

The e-mail was about a new student who has moved in from Florida and joined my class on the third day of school. The mom said that his step dad is in jail and she decided to move to the mountains to start a better life for her family. She said that after the first day of school she could not get her son up for school and had to call her pastor and get him to come to the house and take her son to school. This week she noted a change in him and said when he got home he would not stop talking about my class.He said he could not wait to come to school because of my class.The e-mail had a very big impact, because, I thought I was not getting through to him.

I started my weekend humbled but excited that I have made a difference.

1 comment:

Tony Atchison said...

Ken,

Sometimes we never know the impact we may have on people lives. If you remain truthful to your craft, which is empowering young people, then someone life can be changed from that.

Always believe that someone is listening to you and taking it to the heart.