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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 10, 2013

My faith in humanity has been restored!

The thing that surprised me the most this week... My faith in humanity has been restored. In my 4th block class I have 29 students, (which I realize is dangerous in a CTAE class because of safety issues), I have several students with disabilities. One student which has Autism struggles to maintain. I work closely with him to help to keep his studies as "normal" as possible but at times it's very complicated. The other students obviously know that he is special need and instead of pushing him away they have completely embraced him. I see students reaching out to make sure he understands or even helping him stay on task, without me having to prompt. I have never seen teenagers react in that way. I gave the student the opportunity to present his project to me, my paraprofessional, or to the class. I didn't think that he would feel comfortable presenting to the class because his speech at times is very hard to understand. When he chose to present, I was shocked but also I felt as if it could turn out very ugly, after all we are dealing with teenagers. The class grew silent. They had talked rudely during every other presentation. This could go either way at this point. I was nervous, trying to sort out in my head how I would handle each situation. The student continued on with the project, he was precise with his time. I gave them 3-5 minutes and he timed his presentation to the 4 min mark. He checked his watch several times during his presentation. You could tell he had prepared before hand. His presentation was extremely hard to understand, but he was determined to complete this project just as everyone else had. When he finished, a smile came across his face as the other students clapped. Everyone clapped... His dedication and hard work was unlike the other students, and they knew it. He who struggles with concentration, speech, writing, and communication had out worked the students by far. He never complained, he never made excuses, he didn't beg or plead with me to be excused from presenting... He offered, when he was the only one with another option. I was so proud of him, but equally proud of my other students who accept him for who he is and constantly help to build him up not bring him down. :)


Jama said...

That is so fantastic. I love my kids with special needs and have always had respectful classes--it's the best feeling to see them support their classmates! My question on this post is, why are the students behaving badly during other presentations? Is there a way to reduce that? What's causing them to be disruptive? Let me know if you want to brainstorm ideas!

LRS said...


Yes, at times I have issues with my fourth block class. It's the end of the day and the class is FULL...29 students. I am working on different strategies to improve behavior in that class. One is seating change, and a reward system for good behavior. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.