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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?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Hook Before the Hook

Several things have happened this week that confirms, to me anyway, the importance of how I am viewed by my students. I came in with the mentality that I was there to teach - not to coddle, mother, cure, or befriend. My primary job was to IMPART KNOWLEDGE and whether they eagerly consumed it or if I was going to have to force feed it down their resistant throats, by golly those kids were going to LEARN SOMETHING.  Fortunately, for both myself and my students, I have found that no force feeding is required if my students feel accepted by me.  They crave my acceptance. In fact, I can have the most creative set induction Dr. Montrois has ever seen, and deliver the standards in such a way that even Dr. Barge would be impressed and it will fall on closed ears and distracted minds if they don't trust me with who they are. Rich, poor, black, white, sinner, saint, male, or doesn't matter. My students need to KNOW that whatever is in their past I completely accept them for who they are in the present moment.  Then they will begin to trust me enough to learn what I have to offer.

1 comment:

DAB said...

I agree with you Sherri. I have students with such a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. I accept them all. I try to show them, as nurses, we are accepting and passing judgement doesn't make the patient better cared for. I model that behavior and talk about feelings. But acceptance comes also with maturity. And acceptance is a 2 way street.