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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, September 22, 2014

Moment of "Ahhh"

What was the moment (or moments) this past week when you felt most connected, engaged, or affirmed as a teacher - the moment(s) when you said to yourself, "This is what being a teacher is really all about"?

It is funny that this is the question for this week because we were on fall break. :) So, last week, sitting on the beach, was a definite feeling of "This is what being a teacher is really all about". But since I know you would like a classroom example, I have one from this morning. My students were talking about the different things they did over the fall break and they began discussing various situations where law enforcement officials were involved. I opened the discussion up to the rest of the class and found that many students had witnessed law enforcement engaged incidents. What has changed since the beginning of the semester, however, is that most of the comments were in support of the officers instead of against the officers. Many of my students enter my class with such a negative attitude toward police. I was so happy to see some of these same kids defending the officers' actions instead of demeaning them. To me, teaching these kids that police are not their enemy, but their allies is a huge breakthrough that I doubt they would make without this class.


e.lear said...

Ha yes vacation is what it is all about! This is a great example letting them know that there is positivity in the world it is not all negative! Having them share stories opens up minds to different ways of thinking! Being a support system in their lives is also very important so they know us and the police in this incident care! Knowing that you have taught them something to make a small or big difference in their lives!

Adam Gravitt said...

First I would like to say "you stink!" For your fall break vacation. We don't get one!!! lol!
But I do like your blog post. I too have experienced the same thing this year. I have seen this in one of the students I even arrested this year. His attitude has changed completely about LE and school in general. Overall he is doing better in school. Keep on Keepin on!!

Dr. J said...

I am so glad you are there opening the minds of this high school group. If one just watches the news shows and does't think about things it seems that negativity wins (And, yes, I do agree with your beach example. It's all part of the job.)
Dr. J.