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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, October 14, 2012

HOSA and Honey Boo-Boo

I survived my first field trip this week. I took 21 students to the HOSA Fall Rally in Perry, GA. It was a 3 hour school bus ride (one way!!). We left at 6:30 a.m., and got back to the school with all students picked-up at 7:30 p.m. To say the least it was a long day. I was nervous about my first solo adventure and the preparation required to pull it all off was considerable, so the question is.....was it worth it? And the answer is, yes. Thankfully, the students were positive, excited and well-behaved. I have a few student leaders who were extremely helpful and I think over-all it was time well spent. The students had a short competitive event and then an enjoyable motivational speaker with several thousand other HOSA students. The HOSA group who sat directly in front of us had the quasi-famous reality star "Chubs" in attendance. For those who don't follow the wildly popular reality show, that's Honey Boo-Boo's sister. My students had a ball getting their picture taken with her. However, what I think was the most redeeming quality of the day, besides the funnel cake, the snake-skin woman, and the hurley whirl, was the somewhat illusive gift of relationship. There is something about stepping out of the confines of the classroom with your students. I was still the teacher and they were still my students but a unique bond forms when the goal, at least for a little while,  is to just have fun together. Alas, no standards were met or literacy leaps were achieved. Yet I dare to say that seeds were planted that day that will probably yield a more gererous harvest.     

1 comment:

Cassandra M said...

Sherri, I'm glad to see you survived with all 21 students! I definitely agree with you. Leaving the confines of the classroom helps bridge the "gap" between teacher and student and strengthen the bonds. You are still able to maintain your respective roles, and I think there is even a greater appreciation for each. I am looking forward to taking mine to the Leadership Conference next month. I can say that after Wednesday I am truly inspired, and after reading your post, I'm sure you know where I'm coming from.