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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?

Friday, November 16, 2012

What was the moment (or moments) this past week when you felt most connected, engaged, or affirmed as a teacher - the moment(s) when you said to yourself, "This is what being a teacher is really all about"?

My "This is what being a teacher is really all about" moment came this past week during a HOSA meeting. My student officers were conducting the meeting and I was hanging out in the background monitoring things but busy with the list of things I was trying to mentally check off during the busy week of getting grades posted.  Suddenly I heard them mention my name, so of course I looked to the front of the room where they were standing and paid closer attention. They were discussing the Fall Leadership Conference we had just attended the previous Thursday and Friday. Now, I know that these three students had really enjoyed themselves but I did not realize just how much. They made sure that they mentioned the wonderful room they had, the other students they met as well as all the fun and new things they experienced.  What they really surprised me with was them telling the others how they should listen to me as their teacher and believe it when I say to them that they too “could make a difference in their lives” and to really think about signing up for the Spring Competition Conference. They mentioned how I got them all excited when we were at the conference reviewing the poster and triboard competitions and pulled them aside at one point and said  “Hey, we (NCCA HOSA) could “blow the competition out of the water!”. (We are a new chapter and none of the students have ever competed in anything like this.) This motivated them to sign up to compete. Well, this was a “Wow” moment for me.  I really never felt like the things I do and say for these students really is taken to heart. Who knew?


1 comment:

Chef Tiffany said...

Hey Theresa,
It's so hard to know what teenagers think about things, but in a matter of time. I'm glad you were able to hear this conversation. Since this is the first year, surely this will do a great job getting the momentum going for next year. When they stare at you like you are a knot on a log, it is near impossible to gain an accurate perception of what took place. Hearing them in their own space tells you that they truly enjoyed the experience. That's great!