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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?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

What made the IMPACT

Let us never forget that we teach people and not JUST a subject.

Good Morning,

This is New to Ellijay, Students mother.
I just want to extend a great big Thank You!

He is NOT interested in school at all, but he continues to push on day after day b/c of you and your class. He is very fond of you and talks about you daily. You are an Angel from God in my eyes.
He's had a pretty rough life, but things are looking up for us since we moved to Ellijay. This is a great town and I am very pleased with the community. 
I am having some troubles with him here at home. I was wondering if you might be able to assist with this by communicating with him on some of the issues.. You are the only one he looks up to (male figure) and I guess it doesn't hurt to ask right?
In any event, thank you so much for being such an awesome teacher and role model. We are blessed to have you in the school.

Have a great weekend!
New to Ellijay


huffypicks said...

Ken i am so glad that i read what you wrote. You are so right when you say that we teach students and not a subject. I think that many teacher forget that we are molding young people for life in the real world. I am going into my 2nd yr of teaching this year i have noticed that students watch everything you do. The students that you think are not listen are the main student that are watching you every move. Ken this note that you received from this parent is what make you say this is what teaching is all about.

Ken said...

Chris ,
Thanks for the comment.