Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Open Mic

Once in a while it is fun to blog about anything you like related to you and your school. We call this "open mic." This week is your choice and what you would like to share.

Finally I am able to share an experience on this blog. I entered the classroom for the first time as a K-12 Teacher on September 19, 2014. The students thought I was " another sub". I had to do lots of proving to them to ensure them I was not "another sub" and I was their permanent teacher. Well, after that settled in their heads, then it all begin. I was in ahhh at the demeanor, disrespect and defiant behaviors toward me. I personally didn't raise these types of kids which had me patting myself on the back, but part of my mothering came forth and found myself slowing talking to the students one by one, by setting up personal conferences with each one of them during my planning and lunch periods. Amazing how  a 15 minute one on one will do to a child's demeanor and behavior. Well to make a long story short, I had colleagues tell me how they were shocked how I got the kids in check. I was then informed that my class was the "dump" class for the misbehaved and intolerable kids. Well it bring me to tears when as I walk down the halls and they see me, they are speaking to me, when caught in the hall, they start explaining "why" before I even ask, and just to talk in the morning during breakfast. I feel good about where I started and where I am currently. 

If anyone has any information on classroom management and classroom consequences for those students with behavior challenges please email me

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