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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, October 1, 2013

"Applause" for taking a risk

Let me start by saying I am THRILLED that we have a positive blog topic, because I need a little pick-me-up! One of my proudest moments thus far in teaching actually took place last week and I am so eager to share it with everyone, because of how happy it made my student. Our high school has the highest hearing impaired population in the district. I have a deaf student in my class, and for the sake of privacy we will call her Z. She is the first hearing impaired student to take a broadcasting class, so the two of us are working together in regards to accommodations and modifications. At our school we have a morning announcements show, and Z has expressed to me her frustration in not being able to hear or understand what is going on in the school because we do not have closed captioning. Her frustration led to an amazing idea. The last week of September was National Hearing Impaired Awareness Week and I thought that in an attempt to include our hearing impaired school population, we would do an all deaf morning announcement show. I asked Z how she wanted it formatted and she said “we suffer every day, let’s make everyone else suffer for one day”. The show was completely silent as Z sat on the news desk and signed all of the announcements (she did allow me to put subtitles at the bottom of the screen). Shooting and editing a completely silent show certainly had its challenges, but Z was so excited to be a part of it made it worth it. On the day the show aired, I grabbed Z and her classmates out of their room and brought them to my classroom to watch. It was the most silent a room full of teenagers has ever been. All eyes were glued to the screen and the hearing students were blown away by Z’s performance. She absolutely lit up while watching herself on the big screen! I had previously taught my students the sign for “applause” and when the show was over the class all “clapped” for Z. I was so excited that our experiment worked, and it absolutely warmed my heart to see how proud Z was of her contribution to her deaf classmates. I have had several students and teachers tell me it was the best morning announcement show yet, and they would love to see more of her.


LRS said...

I'm so excited this turned out to be such a hit. I remember us talking about this as an idea and I will admit, I was a little skeptical. As usual Taylor, you rise to surpass all expectations and I mean in that in such a great way. You are a great teacher and I'm sure in 60+ years they'll be telling these stories to their buddies in nursing homes or at senior citizen centers. You're the kind of teacher that no one will ever forget. Applause to you, Taylor!

Jama said...

Amazing!!!! You are fabulous!