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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?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Look back to know what lies ahead

My title may seem a little strange, but hey, I AM a little strange.I think when we take time to review our past it gives us a clear direction to a more successful future. Some of us may look back with no regret, while others, and I think most fall into the others category, would love a re-do. Looking back at the time I have spent in the classroom, only pushes me to be better in the future. Sure, I get bogged down in the endless paperwork and assignments that have NOTHING to do with teaching, but what I really want, is to be THAT teacher. The one that makes a difference in a kid's life. Students may pass through my doors and not give a rip about doing hair. I am ok with that. I learned a long time ago to not take it personal. What I want more than anything is for them to pass through my doors and be a better individual. Some may question my motives for teaching. Afterall, I am supposed to be graduating successful stylists. I, on the other hand, think my content is the 2nd most important thing they learn. If my actions speak louder than my words then I want my actions to scream "You CAN do it, you CAN be somebody". Speaking to the child that is "different" in the hallway, asking a "not-so-popular" student to be my helper, encouraging a student with a behaivor problem rather than scolding them. These are the lessons I want my students to get an "A" in. Looking back this semester, I hope that my actions, rather than my words, resonate the loudest.


Nurse TJ said...

Hi Cortney! I think this is an absoulutely beautiful post! You want to be "THAT" teacher! During the week of pre- planning this past August at my school, we had a very rousing speech from our prinicple regarding his favorite teacher. She taught him when he was in the 8th grade. He says that he barely remembers the subject that she taught. He remembers how much she encouraged them. How she told them daily that they could do whatever they wanted to with their lives. He said that she was nice to the students that were behavioral nightmares. When they failed, she told them that she was still proud of them because in her eyes they would never be a failure even though the grade they earned was less than favorable. He described his school as a "low income, inner city school in Detroit". Anyway, from his one 8th grade class, 14 of them became physcians!!!! He said that they all name that teacher as the one teacher that changed their lives. After he told us that story, he passed out tee shirts to the entire staff that have the school logo and mascot on the front. On the back, it says " I am THAT one!" . I think that you are THAT one too!!! Keep doing what you are doing, I am certain that you have already made an impact in someone's life!!

Terry said...

I thought the latter part of your post was very insightful. I think, as teachers, we can all look back to a place we all made good and poor decisions; our own high school experience. Did we speak to those types of students you referenced? Or did we ignore/tease them? I totally agree with the basis of your post. We should absolutely leave a lasting impact on a student whenever we get the opportunity. And there is nothing wrong with making extra opportunities either. Which I feel strongly you likely do!