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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

Great Kids - Jan

You may not know, and I won't go into detail, but I had an unexpected surgery this week. Usually if I am going to be out it is planned and I have everything lined up for the sub. I like to give my students a heads up that I am going to be gone and it is usually for no more than a day. We had our fall break last week. Before we left, I gave the students a detailed outline of what we would be doing in class when we returned. This unplanned absence has really thrown me off. Luckily, I am friends with the substitute teacher who was placed in my class. We have been in contact through text. Today she told me how good my classes were. She said that my class is the only one where the the kids actually wish their "real" teacher was there. She said that usually she gets "YES! a sub", but in my class it has been "Where is Mrs. Dilbeck? Is she OK?". I feel that this shows that my students know that I truly care about them and in return they enjoy my class and care about me.


Ruth Q said...

Hi Jan, I hope you are recovering well. You really do have great kids. That is such a touching post. Being a caring person and a teacher is rare, but it is truly the right way to be. I hope that my students will feel that way about me one day. So many students are excited to see their teacher out because they don't enjoy them, I'm sure this has an effect on learning . Keep up the great work and get plenty of rest so that you can get back to your great kids.

Timothy St. Clair said...

I to was out this week and was completely unexpected…I had already group my students in small before my unexpected absents. I hope that my students did not create too much trouble for the substitute and our expiations will be met for their upcoming mock job interviews.

Dr. J said...

I am so happy to read this post. You have made quite an impact on these students. They have good behavior for the sub and they miss and care about you. Behavior breeds behavior!
Dr. J.

Adam Gravitt said...

Jan sorry to hear about your surgery. I hope all is well and wishing you a very fast recovery. It is nice to hear that you have made a positive impact on your student and that they too are wishing you a quick recovery and return. GOOD LUCK!!