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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, November 18, 2012

Impact on students

Last year on the first day of school, I had a student that stood out in my class.  Her first comment to me after I introduced myself was that I look like a Basketball wife.  She was not a disrespectful student.  Very bright, hard work and eager to learn. Toward the end of the year, she started having difficultly focusing in class and her grade started to slip.  Her mother often called complaining that her daughter stayed up late doing group projects or failed a test. Needless to say, she passed my class and her mother thanked me for pushing her child.
When school started this year, I did not see her and asked some students if she was still enrolled in health are.  Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with this student and talk to her and her mother.  They told me that she had gotten ill over the summer and because of the things I taught her in class last year saved her life.  She had been diagnosed with cancer and the doctors didn't order the right diagnostic test or check her blood work.  Last year, I told my students that no one knows their bodies better than them.  If a doctor tell them nothing is wrong go and get another opinion. Also, she told me that the reason why she is back at school is because of me.  She admire my drive and perseverance. You never know what impression you leave on your students.   

1 comment:

Ken said...

I agree with the impact on students. One of my students wrote a letter to me and it reaffirmed why I chose to teach. It did not physically save his life but he felt I changed his life by believing in him.