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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?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week 7 Sandra's Teaching moment.

Over the course of this past week I have had a couple of moments where I said to myself and I actually caught myself saying out loud to a student "this is why I teach". One of the major problems that we face at our school is sagging pants predominantly by male students. I took a moment out of the lesson to explain to a predominantly male class the anatomical dangers of sagging pants and the medical information relating to the high incidence of males 18-25 needing hip and knee replacements.  One day later one of my chief offenders came to class with his pants on his waist telling me that he he made the decision to no longer sag his pants and further explained that he had been experiencing knee pains. That was the moment that I realized that anything that I teach him about graphic design may or may not be remembered but the ability to make a difference in the life of a child is why I teach. I left him with the requirement that he go out and share the word with someone else in his circle so that he too could make a difference in someone else's life. I like to think that I teach Graphic Design and Life 101.
Dr. F.


Chris Cannon said...

Sandra, that is awesome that you were able to reach that young man the way you did. Even though the subject matter it not what you teach you were able to get to him on a matter that is a issue I have with the students at Marietta High. Kids today only think about the decisions they make now, but not how they might effect the future. Hopefully this young man will show the same attentiveness with your class as he did with correcting the sagging pants issue.

Gina Gailey said...

You are truly what an educator should be-a caring professional. This is a story that makes administrators smile. You stepped out of your "graphic design" box and talked to them about life. You were real with them and became at that moment not only their teacher but a caring adult. Not many kids, unfortunately, have a great number of adults that care. By showing you care about them as humans-you made a greater connection to them. You were not scolding them, but rather making them aware of a potential hazardous habit. Keep teaching and caring!

Jan D said...

Sandra. What a blessing you are in the life of that young man. There is no other feeling in the world like knowing that you have made a difference in someones life. You may have saved him from having to deal with painful health issues down the road. You are an awesome advocate and role model for your students. Keep up the good work.