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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, October 2, 2014

Week #4-"Open Mic"-Give One Back- Gina

  So this is interesting that "open mic" falls on the week of our faculty meeting when we were encouraged to think of times in our teaching career that we have touched a student.  In sharing those stories we began to realize that our impact on specific students may not ever be known to us or if it is may be further down the road.  With that being discussed, it brought to light the question that we all had to ask ourselves.  "Have we told a teacher or teachers how they impacted our life"?  As you could probably guess, the answer would be for the most part no.  Sadly, so many of us have great stories of that amazing teacher that helped or guided us, but we never go back and thank them.  Stop and ask yourself right now-who was it that touched you?   Have you gone back and told them how much it meant?
  In my career as a Sportscaster and in Theatre, and I guess you can throw singing in there as well, I have to be on stage or camera in front of hundreds even thousands of people.  I wasn't always the outgoing, verbal person I am today.  I looked back and evaluated my relationship with certain teachers.  I began to see a pattern of encouragement from my second grade teacher, third grade teacher and then my fifth grade teacher.  Now my second grade teacher, is by far the one that stands out and encouraged me to get in front of the class and read novels.  I enjoyed reading and never thought anyone would enjoy hearing ME read aloud to them.  With her encouragement of, "you have a great strong, clear  reading voice", "you should read to the class" among other encouraging statements.  She helped be find courage to get up there and do it.  The first time I read to the class, I thought they would laugh at me or be mean because they were jealous.  But, my teacher was right all along they enjoyed it, and so did I.
  The same thing happened in third grade, the teachers never spoke about me but saw the same talent.  I was so excited that two teachers now felt my voice, reading and speaking ability was good enough to get in front of the class and read a novel.  Fast forward to fifth grade, I still was not quite so sure about the stage but knew I kinda liked it up there.  My fifth grade teacher pulled me aside one day and asked if I could have my mom come to school and meet with her and I one day.  Scared and unsure what that meant, I told mom to come.  The message was, "your child has a gift, she needs to be heard.  I have never assigned a student this position but feel like I want her to narrate the entire fifth grade play for the school and sing a solo." This was a big deal and a job I took very seriously.  I have it on an old VHS tape and it makes me smile every time because I could see that is when my confidence in myself started to bloom.
  I still see those teachers frequently and they smile, hug me and say I knew you would be doing something on stage and talking on camera.  They tell me how proud they are.  I want to make sure they know how thankful I am for giving me a chance, when I was so unsure of what they were asking me to do.  To some this may not seem like a big deal, but to me it made a difference in how I thought about myself.  I began to think about professions as I grew and went through middle and high school that would let me speak and talk to people on stage and camera.
  My final teacher came in high school, my theatre teacher that not only encouraged my singing but that I could do anything.  She gave me the role I had always dreamt about and fulfilled that hope in my life.
  All of these teachers contributed to what and who I am now, however small or large.  They all saw something in me that I didn't.  Through encouragement and confidence I eventually started to believe what they were saying.  I am going to try and contact all of them.  One of them I have told and they know how much I loved them.  The rest I have never told.  So, I encourage you to find that teacher that touched you, helped you in a tough time, encouraged you to find your talent or just was there to vent to.  Find them and tell them thank you.  As teachers now, you see how much a simple thank means.  Give one back.

1 comment:

Jennifer W said...

Your story makes me think about my high school Latin teacher. She was such a great inspiration to me and positive influence. It was so awesome when about 5 years ago I had her as a patient. I got to return her kindness. The really awesome part of it was not only was I her nurse but her Cardiologist was also one of her former students. Even though there was an age difference between the two of us we sat with her talked about times spent in her class.