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"?
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.