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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?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Teacher Status

What was the moment (or moments) this past week when you felt most connected, engaged, or affirmed as a teacher - the moment(s) when you said to yourself, "This is what being a teacher is really all about"? I've had so many of these moments over the last year and a half that it's hard to choose just one. I work with so many students from around the school because of SkillsUSA and somehow I got roped into co-teaching a math class. So within a school day I am directly involved with 120+ students. I have students pass me in the hall and tell me hello and I have no idea who they are, that always makes me feel teacherish. lol Last week, I had a member of my SkillsUSA volunteer to help me with paperwork and straightening my classroom. We had an activity that dealt with magazines and clippings so there were little pieces everywhere. I told her how much I appreciated the help and to stop by the next morning and I'd have something for her for helping. I made her a little goody bag with candy in it, just to show my appreciation. When she came by to see me she said I have something for you too and she pulled out an apple and laughed. She said, "Aren't you supposed to give your favorite teachers an apple or something?" hahahah I died laughing. It hit me, I was a real teacher. My mom was a teacher and always had a collection of apple stuff from her students and I've always been like, NO! I will not be that apple collecting teacher. But that simple gesture made me think and even though it was a joke, I know that I have made an impact on student's lives just as they've made an impact on mine. p.s. - Sorry this was late, i've been sick.

1 comment:

Jonathan Thomas said...

I think that is a great example of being affirmed as a teacher. We really never know what type of impact we have on students, but occasionally they break down their barriers and show us appreciation. Those moments really make it worth it. I have several students that come by every day to just to speak or cut up with me. Just those type of things make you feel like you are where you belong. Isn't that what we all really want. There are many days the job gets tough, but it is days like these that make it worth it. Keep it up!