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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

What made me feel most engaged, connected and affirmed as a teacher was when I had two of my quiet students open up and talk. I finally found something that got their interest to share information with the class. Previously, one of the students gave me a hard time by not participating with their group and had no interest at all. It wasn't until a group project was assigned that involved each student to share something unique about themselves. Not only was I shocked, but the entire class was in awe when the student not only shared their story but volunteered to speak more than once. I felt as though my creativity of forming the groups was a success which helped students who normally wouldn't participate. To add, I was so excited to see this particular group of students again. The successful observation of recognizing the quiet students transform not only helped me proceed with the rest of the assignments, it also helped bring the class closer together.

1 comment:

chris said...

It is always confirming when you have a breakthrough like that. Students in general, want to be a part of a group. When you can make them feel comfortable enough to break out of their shell, you know you have created a culture and climate of mutual respect. When that climate is cultivated, students become advocates for one another. This is when the class as a whole can accomplish more and push each other to excel. Learning styles become more evident when students open up. This is when real differentiation can occur. You as the teacher are then given insight to what motivates each student. Congratulations on a job well done!