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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, November 15, 2012

The Power of the Written Word

It is progress report time in my county so I have spent the last several days putting in last minute grades and posting grades. As part of our grading program, I can type in comments, specific for an individual student, that will print on their progress report. It is designed to notify parents of what their student can do to bring-up a failing grade. For example, for one student I commented, "Jane could bring up her current grade of 47 if she would pick her lazy head up off the desk and stop texting under the table." (Just kidding....just wanted to see if someone actually reads this......)  What I actually wrote was, "Jane has had a failing grade on our last two unit tests. If she comes in for tutoring, offered several times each week, she may take a recovery test that will help to bring her grade up. But what I really found engaging this week, and what really helped me to feel like a teacher, were the comments that I put in that had nothing to do with failing grades. It was stuff like, "Joe has really turned a corner in class. I am so proud of him and the effort he is putting forth in class. He is a joy to teach," or "Sally is such an encourager in class. She is a great team leader and will make a real difference when she is part of a healthcare team one day." I got so excited knowing that my students would read these comments and feel encouraged and parents would read them and feel proud of their children. It was just a little way to plant a seed of pride in a student's heart with the hope that it will eventually lead them to know their value as a person. 


DAB said...

Funny S! Great comments. You are so right. I try to put myself in the parents shoes. They really need to hear that their child does something right before you tell them something negative. You are so tactful and kind. Such great qualities to have. Your students are lucky to have you as a teacher. :)

Theresa Kuhn said...
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Theresa Kuhn said...

Loved your blog...we often get lost in the negative comments and followup that we have to do on an almost daily basis. I have added comments too but usually just what the student is missing on that particular assignment in the comments section of the assignment grade. You reminded me to also include good comments. Positive comments really reinforces the good work that got them that grade. Thanks for reminding us!