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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?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Small Steps"

Question of the Week September 22:

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"?

Hello everyone,

As you all are aware, I have a unique situation being a school resource officer / substitute teacher at Marietta High School. I stay really busy at the school conducting my roll as the SRO, so teaching is kind of a second thought. I only experience my teaching role when Officer Gravitt is away, but I enjoy the challenge it presents. I keep my NTI book in my office to fall back on because as you know if you don't perform things you learn they sometimes have to be refreshed. This week Officer Gravitt had to travel down to Macon Georgia to be in a two day training class. Officer Gravitt told me he needed me to substitute both those days. For the most part the classes were good and productive. There were moments where there was free time where the students watched a video to moments where the students had to conduct research and complete documentation. There was a class that was very uncooperative to the point where I initiatively was going to show a video, but instead had them do work instead. I was fortunate to have an aide with me to assist where needed. MHS assigns another substitute teacher to assist me in case I have to conduct my SRO duties because I usually have to conduct double duty.

So long story short, I felt a little like a teacher today because I was able to constructively control a uncooperative class and have them complete and turn in an assignment that day, when they knew they could have watched a video. I personally felt like the students were not initially in the mind set to learn, but ended up walking out of class learning something. 

Officer C.Cannon


Larry Alford said...

Chris that’s really a unique situation. You really do have the best of both worlds. You’re right about using the skills or losing them. I constantly find myself digging through the summer NTI notebook looking for a bag of tricks and treats to keep my students engaged and to aide in the learning process. I’m curious as to what type of issues you were having with the students. Lol, the kids are really bold to act up with you while you’re carrying all those weapons. Continue to keep up all the hard work. I’ve discovered the more you deal with the students the easier it gets.

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Dr. J said...

Hi Chris,
I am glad you were able to engage with the students while Adam was in Macon. You have a lot of responsibility wearing more than one hat!
Dr. J.