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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?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jolt I needed- Ruth

This week I realized that some of my students need lessons in life skills and that I am the one who will have to teach them. I feel that I teach some of the smartest students in my county. Unfortunately, what comes with that are a lot of excuses and students who want to get away with unacceptable behavior. I had two students who were clearly out of line this week. The first one was actually trying to fight another student in another class. The second one cut class by going to another teacher's class. Both of these incidents happened in the same day. I decided to address each of these students about their behavior and even though the situations were different my message was the same. I explained to them the importance of thinking about consequences and about their own expectations of themselves. I didn't fuss at either student, but I talked and even listened to their "reasons" for their actions. After all was said and done, I politely told them the consequence for their actions. The next day one of the students came to me and said that she understood what I was saying and that she would do better and that made me happy.  This made me feel that there is hope, it gave a jolt to keep trying to help my students develop life skills.


dwight colbert said...

Ruth, I cherish those moments when it appears that the little light upstairs comes on!

Casey F said...

Ruth, I know you handled that situation so calmly because of our time in class this summer. The students almost always respond better when you act so calmly. It is so clear from this story that what you said truly affected one of your students since she came back the next day to tell you how it had affected her. I believe that is just wonderful. I know you are handling your classroom well and treating your students respectfully.

Dr. J said...

I think you handled this so well. It is obvious that the student thought so too. Try to find things to praise this student for. I think you'll have success that you don't even see.