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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?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I know we're not supposed to play favorites, but....

I have realized that I have a soft spot for special needs students.  I have the absolute most fun working with the autistic children!  All it takes is a little patience and being able to control the remainder of the classroom through the disruptions.  I have a student this semester that I have attached myself to.  Watching him process how to act within a social setting, correcting his actions, and seeing how he understands to do it differently the next time has been my favorite thing to watch in the classroom.  I'm sad at the fact that he is in the class period that I will stop teaching after the new hire is completed.  So my "cup half-full" in this situation is that it is during my prep and I can go in there when I get a chance to check in!  The next step on my professional development after GSU is going to be passing GACE tests.  One of the first ones I take will be in special education and I cannot wait!

1 comment:

Jama said...

What a gift you are as a teacher! That is so wonderful. I have amazing students with autism and other special needs. HOSA has competitions specifially for kids with IEPs, so check those out! I have a kid who has gone with me to nationals THREE years in a row and placed in top ten nationally twice. So wonderful that you have this connection!