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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?

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 22 - This is What Being a Teacher is Really About

To begin my story, I have to start with tragic news. The first week of school I accidentally dropped a computer on my foot and fractured my toe. This caused me to be out for the first couple of weeks, but this led to the moment that I realized what being a teacher is all about. Once I returned to school, my students welcomed me with a "We Miss You" note on the whiteboard and complaints about that the substituted teacher wasn't doing right. The students then proceeded to show me graphic design work that they self instructed themselves to do while I was out. The work was magnificent and one student said "Mr. Hose you taught us this last year and we remembered it!" At this moment I realized that the thing that I teach the students actually stick with them, rather it's graphic design, work ethic skill or world news. At that moment I said "This is what being a teacher is really about!"

1 comment:

Candice Rayner said...

Octavius I'm sorry to hear about your fractured toe but I'm glad something so positive came out it. It's an amazing feeling to realize that students actually do retain some or most of what we teach. I think that it shows your effectiveness in the classroom when the students model what you have taught them in your absence. I hope that along the way we will continue to enjoy the moments of what being a teacher is all about.