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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?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Teaching Life

Please write about something that happened last week in your "teaching life" that made you happy and think to yourself, "this is what teaching is all about!"

Last week, my K5 students made me happy by learning how to use the mouse.  In my class I request for my students to demonstrated what they learned to the class first before they are left alone on the computer. As each student would demonstrate, they would cheer for each other. With the cheers, it boost each other confidence. Their little smiles and cheers brighten my day. 


Akisa Hurst said...

It is always wonderful at any age when students cheer one another on. Often times, the students that I work with in particular are never told how great they are by anyone, so they come in with low levels of confidence. It is often hard for me to get students to share things with the class, even though they have shown that they have a solid understanding of the material. It lightens my heart to see my students begin to blossom once they begin to feel comfortable and their inner confidence begins to shine. I always say, I know its there, you just have to let the world see it.

Sivad Couture said...

I totally understand where you're coming from Akisa. To help a students enlighten their comfort zone is obtaining a goal in itself. These children come from various walks of life and they have a lot of things coming at them. This can be from lack of
TLC or just someone disiplining them. They honor and cherish that. We can reprimand them all day, but truely the nature of it is that they appreciate it and you are remembered for a lifetime. They come back to visit or perhaps speak to another class that is going through the same thing. We never stop teaching and the students never stop learning.