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FINAL BLOG POST - OUR "DAILY TRIPLE" (DUE 12/1).
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, March 31, 2014

Thoughts on Success

When I read these quotes, my football players instantly came to mind. If we were to always win our games, we would never have those teachable moments that are built from reviewing film from week to week, game after game. Although winning is great, don’t get me wrong. However, the sense of accomplishment that the players feel after working really hard and growing throughout the season is something that can only be experienced by failing first and then succeeding.

So as I was reflecting about my football players, I see how this relates to my classroom experience. I am one of the students that has been really discouraged this year, I have been very open about it. Much of my discouragement has come from influences that are outside of my control, however, some are within my control. I will use my first evaluation by Dr. Montrois as an example, it was good, but he gave me several tips to make it much better, such as sharing the workload with my students so that I am not trying to do it all by myself. The next time he returned, I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I had improved. Had it been perfect to begin with, I would have not have had those learning opportunities. So in this regard, I completely agree that success is developed from failures. And perhaps, I should take the advice I would give my own players… never give up, nothing is ever accomplished without hard work, sweat and tears. 


2 comments:

cortney rae said...

I love your post Jonathan. I truly believe that we learn the best lessons in life from failures. I think the concept is something we should model in our classroom. Often times in today's society everyone has the sense of entitlement an no one wants to work for anything. It baffles me beyond belief. My dad used to call it "pride in ownership" He would say if you want something, work for it. You will appreciate it all the more than if I just give it to you. Hated to hear that as a teenager but I find myself sharing it often with my students.

cortney rae said...

I love your post Jonathan. I truly believe that we learn the best lessons in life from failures. I think the concept is something we should model in our classroom. Often times in today's society everyone has the sense of entitlement an no one wants to work for anything. It baffles me beyond belief. My dad used to call it "pride in ownership" He would say if you want something, work for it. You will appreciate it all the more than if I just give it to you. Hated to hear that as a teenager but I find myself sharing it often with my students.