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"?
The moment(s) when I felt most connected as a teacher was when I addressed a student with an IEP (behavior, bipolar, etc.) in my class for blowing smoke in the air. I approached her in a non-aggressive way per her IEP (and what I learned over the summer in class) and ask her to give me what she had, of course she refused, I called for security and they removed her from the room. On her way out she said I'm not coming back to your class anymore and my response was o.k I'll see you tomorrow. The object she had was an electronic cigarette.
Another moment was with my 2nd Block class. I had to stop in the middle of explaining the class activity to direct their attention back to the classroom expectations. Mind you that this is not a freshman class although its Introduction to Healthcare.
Last but not least grading has affirmed that I am a teacher!! And I think that is a statement all in itself