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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?

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Teacher advice

It is really hard to just give one piece of advice. I have heard all the "don't smile", "don't joke around" advice too. That is not me. I want to know who each student is, what they think, how they think, and know them as a person not just a name on the roll. The school I am at most of the kids need more than to just learn the curriculum and standard of my class. I am always saddened to learn that so many of these kids have nobody to listen to them, or care about their daily lives. The advice I would give is get ready to be more than a teacher. Sometimes it gets hard to be a teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor, and yes even a friend. I know your not supposed to be friends with your students, but when you spend 3 or 4 semesters with these kids they know the "real you" and you know them. You see them everyday, you spend time working in the shop with them, working one on one and hopefully listening to them. Even the ones that are "hard" and act like they don't care still need attention and I'm just going to say it LOVE. My advice listen, love, and teach them everything you can, curriculum and beyond.

1 comment:

Emmanuel said...

The advice you are giving is great and I agree with all of it. The only thing is I’m not as big as you are. What I mean by that is, you come across very intimidating. It looks like you might work out a lot and I’m a pretty average person (at least that’s what I tell myself to make me feel better). I’m sure the students listen to what you have to say and do whatever you tell them. With me, I have to act serious and not joke or smile until after Christmas break. A lot of my students are taller than I am and because of that reason they think can try to run things in my class. So I have to act hard as they say. I’ll show them love later.