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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 27, 2014

"In a rational society"

Wow. How do I write a response to that Lee Iacocca quote without showing, at least some, bias? Let’s give it a shot. I agree with Mr. Iacocca, for the most part. Our society is continually replenished by our children and theirs. In this replenishment, our cultural and societal norms are taught, exhibited and refined. If the very best individuals from every possible professional discipline are charged with passing down what works and what doesn't work from one generation to the next, then society should continue to flourish. In “a completely rational society”, that is

We all know we don’t live in a world like that. By that I mean you may be great at something, but, you may not have the ability to teach it effectively. It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher. They must possess skills such as time management, human relations, excellent communication, mental toughness, stamina, content knowledge, patience and passion, just to name a few. Yes, the “very best of us” may possess many of those traits, but, that may not make them a good teacher.

1 comment:

cortney rae said...

I agree with you Terry. I think there are a lot of teachers out there that are highly educated but lack common sense. Common sense plays just as high a role learning math skills. I don't think all students have the same amount of common sense, but I do think the best educators can bring it out and refine it in their students.