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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?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Comments

The little comments that students say to make you smile, are really motivating to keep working hard.  My desk is in the back of the classroom looking at the students from behind.  Very often at the end of the period, I leave a few minutes of class time for the students to complete homework I have assigned for that evening.  Today, a couple of the students that sit in front of my desk were done with their work and talking about school.  The senior in the group states to his peers that he really enjoys my class and wishes he took it before his senior year.  He goes on to say that he has fun, it's not very hard and the information is actually very interesting.  It basically just validated that I have been doing a decent job.  It has been a much more difficult year for me and I have focused a little more on the negative and what I'm not getting done for the classes I have no curriculum for.  Whether I have a lot to teach or a little, it is all new information for the students and if I can make it interesting enough to inspire them, then I am doing something right!

1 comment:

ChiroCourt said...

Great job, Theresa! I'm with you that at times I tend to focus on negative comments and the fact that I have to prepare EVERYTHING from scratch on my own so I don't feel like my class is interesting. I'm going to focus on the positive feedback I receive because it all can become draining to focus on the negative. When that student validated you I know it felt great. I have students who really enjoy my class. My class breaks up the craziness of core classes. That makes me feel good. I look forward to more of those positive comments. I'm also going to remind myself to focus on the positive.