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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?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly...

(Good) Ah-ha Moment: 
Several of my students had an opportunity to attend a job fair at the local Applebee's Restaurant.  The students asked for my assistance and support beyond just the normal reference.  I attended the job fair with them and answered their questions as they awaited their opportunity to interview on site which eased their concerns and overall nerves.  It was great to see that these students had taken what we had discussed regarding professionalism to heart.  They were prompt, dressed in slacks and collared shirts and made a effort to make a great first impression and stand out from the crowd.  They took the situation seriously and showed a great deal of self respect, and respect for me and their school to put forth their best effort.  It was also a great honor to see several students from last school year also attending the job fair with the same attitude of professionalism and respect.

 (Bad) Things to change:
 Since I am required to assign a specific number of writing prompts, I had an opportunity this past week to assign my first prompt.  After making the assignment and allowing the students time in class to complete the assignment, it became obvious that one student would not complete the writing.  She had her head down and would not work.   I spoke with the student about her behavior and asked if maybe she was ill.  She didn't give a response but their was only a few words on the paper but they did not make any sense.  I went back at that point to look for an IEP and realized that she did in fact have one.  I realized too late that I should have checked all the IEPs before making the assignment and had allowed for the different accommodations to ensure that each student can complete the task at hand. 

 (Ugly) Learning Opportunity:
While going through class procedures and expectations, I brought in real life examples and scenarios as a learning opportunity.  While I didn't mention specific students names, I did mention one of these non-examples was a "stupid act".  This caused a student to become very upset and voiced that their sibling was the student being described as a non-example.  I realized that while it was a stupid act and that administration agreed with me that it was; it was insensitive to describe it in those terms.  In the future I will make more of an effort to describe these situations in a way the students can relate too without being insensitive to those students who may be close to the situations being described. 

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