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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

Let go, and let THEM do

Simply put, I learned that I can let go a little and count on my kids to do exactly what I expect them to do. I had the privilege of taking ten students to the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference in St. Simons, Georgia Thursday through Saturday. It was my first time chaperoning a field trip solo as an advisor, so I was nervous about everything going as planned. Our advisors (and even our students) have set very high standards that we expect everyone to follow, so I started the trip by reiterating the importance of following the rules and behaving at all times. As soon as the wheels on the bus started rolling, it’s almost like a switch flipped and every one of my students acted like little angels. I didn’t even have to remind them of our rules. Other students, from our school system and others, were misbehaving, and my students just turned their heads and repeated our school motto (which has to do with pride in our school). As nervous as I was to not disappoint the other advisors, I learned that my kids know how to behave and set an example for other students. Also, while I was out of school for the field trip, I left sub plans for my classes. All of my students had two projects to finish and turn in while I was out, and when I returned to the school Saturday afternoon I was surprised to find that everyone met their deadline and the substitute had nothing but nice things to say about my students. This just further shows me that I need to worry less, and know that I can count on my kids more.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Isn’t it amazing how the students can surprise you in both negative and positive ways? I have experienced this type of student behavior as well. Last year I actually had an athlete who walked away from a bad situation involving some of his teammates. He stood his ground in regards to what they were doing, voiced his disapproval AND left the scene. He caught a lot of grief from some peers and athletes after the fact but he didn’t get caught up in the trouble that fell on his teammates. The other athletes were caught and were punished for their actions and he was punished socially for his. After all this went down, I held this student in a much higher regard for his integrity.