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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?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It is okay to fail

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." (Dale Carnegie) "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." (Bill Gates) I love the fact that we learn from mistakes. I am always telling my students that it is alright to "fail" at something, because that's how we grow. I am a bit of a perfectionist (shocking, right?) but sometimes I enjoy when I mess something up in class, like spell something incorrectly on a Powerpoint, or tell the class how to do an editing trick that doesn't work. I enjoy making mistakes in front of them, because it shows them that I am human, and I hope it makes them feel better for their own mishaps when they see that I am messing up as well. If we always do everything correctly, and we always get exactly what we want, how can we ever expect to get better or improve? If we always succeed, the one time something doesn't go our way, we could be devastated. I agree with the quotes, that show us it is alright if we fall down, because we will learn how to get up and try again. Plus, life would be boring if we never had any roadblocks or obstacles to overcome.

1 comment:

Jonathan Thomas said...

You are exactly right! I tell my students from the beginning of the year, that we will all be learning something new every day. They learn from me and I learn from them. If we ever start believing that we know everything, we stop "watering" our lives, and when anything goes without water, it wilts and dies. It is my hope that we all never stop growing. I know I have learned a tremendous amount this year and it is due in part because I failed the first time. May we never give up!