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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

Question of the Week September 22:

Question of the Week September 22:Elissa
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"?
This is Easy! Last week was RICS Homecoming and for Homecoming we have a parade. My Culinary students  all 189 of them are in a CTSO (club) FCCLA Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Last year we had about 36 members. This year I made it a "strong suggestion" to join and I made it part of the curriculum grade. This year I have 189 members! We do projects, focus on community service, go to the state fair, do cooking competitions, and talk about how cooking with family brings you closer together (well some ha). So for the parade my 9th grade Introduction to Culinary students made pizza and I wanted all of us to walk together with our banner. The bell rings at 3:30 and the parade is not until 5:30 and over 150 students are at my kitchen door. They all showed up to walk in the parade with me. Changing their pick up from school schedules, and not to mention it was a Friday night! I felt so touched and proud that I have worked so hard to make these students love Culinary and FCCLA the way I have! That is what being a teacher is all about!


Adam Gravitt said...

That is awesome!! I am having a hard time getting my students to sign up for skills USA. I may do what you did and make it a part of their grade. I know they would enjoy it if they would take the step. Good job!

Dr. J said...

Chef Oliver, Your energy, enthusiasm and caring continue to "wow" me. Thanks for posting the pic as well!
Dr. J.

C Middlebrooks said...

Fabulous! I love the way you incorporated participating into a curriculum grade. This will ensure that more students to participate and they can benefit from being a part of the organization. It is so hard to get students to engage in the CTSO because it requires a lot work outside of the classroom and money. Your numbers are great and I’m sure your enthusiasm is really the driving force. The grade is just the icing on the cake.