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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, November 6, 2014

Observation Surprise

 Think about your teaching this past week and then answer the following question: "What was the event that most took me by surprise - an event where I saw or did something that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

The event that took me by surprise was when Dr. M came to observe me. It was on Halloween and during my worst class. I was so surprised how no one challenged me or tried to show off. Students were engaged and enjoying the class discussion. The students worked well together and did their work with no issues. I was surprised how relaxed I was with him there. After the students left we had our talk and he reassured me that I was doing a great job. It was a much needed talk for me. I had been finding myself questioning, “Did I make the best decision by taking this job?” I really love the students and the teaching. If only that was all we had to do. J 


Ruth Q said...

Hi Kim, that is a great suprise having your students do a good job during your observation. I know exactly how you feel about taking on the role of teacher. I am glad that your students stepped up in a major way. I had a similar experience when my principal came to do a unanounced observation. Teaching is the hardest job I have ever done, but it is rewarding. Dr. M is my supervisor too and he is really awesome. I'm glad you had a good week.

C Middlebrooks said...

It is always good when your observation goes great! It is even better to get that reassurance that you are doing a good job. Sometimes as teachers, no one really considers our feelings and thoughts and they take advantage of our thick skin. But, we are human too and we need to be assured every now and then.