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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?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Being Supportive of my Students 9/11-17/13

What did you learn this week either formally or informally that
will help you grow as a teacher? You may have learned this from another teacher, through an experience, from a student, in class, etc.

There was an instance this week where I felt I was not supported by my Department Leader and my CTAE Director.  I know that they have policies and procedures that need to be in place, but they cannot jeopardize the effectiveness of one of their teachers.  I attempted to explain to them that going around to several grocery stores to obtain estimates on food items needed for labs and various catered events was not effective or efficient for several reasons including the fact that prices change and items are not always available.  The new procedure of submitting this estimation and requesting a check 3-weeks out sounds good in theory but doesn't work in reality.  Rather than attempting to understand the obstacles I face with this new procedure, I felt I was dismissed and my concerns were disregarded.

It made me realize that as a teacher, I cannot simply give my students assignments for the sake of completing tasks or checking off standards.  I want to give my students assignments and tasks that are meaningful and have a purpose.  I want my students to feel that I am supportive rather than overwhelm them with tasks and requirements.  Getting to know more about how they learn, why they want be in the culinary class, will allow me to make the learning more of an opportunity rather than an obstacle.  I don't want to dismiss their hesitations and hinder their chance to succeed.


Dr. J said...

Chef Ray, I am in awe in the powerful learning you had through this experience. You took a "bad" situation and turned it into something good for your students.

I was wondering . . .do the major food chains have their prices on line? Probably not since on line grocery shopping never really caught on.

Jama said...

I wonder if you can assign students to be your "secret shoppers." Find out which families shop at which stores, and give them a list of items to price out. Could be for bonus points?