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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 28, 2012

Learning never stops...and I am grateful!

What I noticed this week that I believe has helped me grow is to see the other side of a student. I had a behavioral episode in class the week before that caused a meeting to be scheduled about this student this week. Listening in that meeting about the struggles this child has faced and why the behavior manifests the way it does is an amazing psychological feat for me.My mind tries to rationalize it but I cannot make sense of it all. I know why I am where I am but it hurts (even if it only happens from time to time) when there is one that cannot be set back on the right path. Although our paths may never cross again, an impact has been made on me if one has never been made on this particular student.

I appreciate when seasoned, respected teachers give advice. A wise one told me before I even realized all that I would be dealing with that no matter how long we teach, there will come a time here and there that these things will happen. I don't think I have taken situation personally at all. I just feel for the student and that there was nothing I could say or do to help their future look a little brighter.


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huffypicks said...

I agree with you 100% most of the time students minds are not there with you in school. I teach in a rich area in Columbus Ga there is a golf course that not even 30 yards from my back window of my classs. I have seen that students from last year are not doing as well as they did last year due to thing happen outside of school. I have students that are on drugs, not coming to school, or just not doing anything in classes. We as teacher are 2nd parents to most students, we fill that void thats missing.