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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?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Special Needs Injustice

Think about your week of teaching. Your reflective question is: "Of everything I did this past week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again? And, why"? Remember to post and then to comment on another classmate's post. 

I had a rather interesting week. I would work to improve the way in-which I meet the instructional needs of my new students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP's). I had a new student with an IEP placed in my class this week. The special education teacher failed to meet with me to discuss the students needs. When the student arrived to my class I immediately provided him with over 30 pages of missed assignments. The next day the student did not return to class because he felt overwhelmed.  unbeknownst to me, the students was not suppose to be given large amounts of homework or classwork. After reviewing the student's file, I discovered that my approach to solving this problem was completely wrong. I felt that I did a major injustice to this student.  I see this problem happening much to often.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Hi Larry,
It seems to me that you were done an injustice as well. You wanted to help your new student by providing information so that the student could "catch up" with the class. You didn't know. I guess in the future you'll have to be more assertive to get the information you need. I see this happen often; don't blame yourself. But now you know a little bit more about how things "really" work. Thank you for sharing this situation with the class. I know it will help others in our groups. Dr. J.