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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 11, 2014

The Dropped Tray - Casey 11/4/14

First of all, so sorry for the late response - last week, I was at a conference and relatively unplugged with no student engagement. I'm going to reflect on one of my most unexpected moments. I had an 8th grade student who was sitting silent lunch for choosing not to complete a project in my class. I had determined that he was going to sit in silent lunch until that project was finished (which was probably going to be the rest of our term). We were all eating lunch when a young girl dropped her tray. She was horrified, and I know she was on the verge of tears. My boy who was sitting silent lunch immediately jumped up to her call and cleaned up the mess on the floor. This gesture alone caught me off guard, but what truly amazed me was when he walked her tray up to the tray return for her. Immediately, I had him sit with his classmates and took away the silent lunch. I truly believe this is the exact moment where I reached my first student where he was in life. I was fresh into teaching and still struggled understanding 8th graders, but I could understand this gesture. I think this is the moment I believed that my students are actually human beings who will generally make the right decision when faced with it. I love my students. I love getting caught off guard. I love a little jolt. I love the unexpected. I love teaching. 

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Hi Casey,
What a great story to share on our blog. It makes me think this boy has a lot of empathy for how others feel. Perhaps he has been embarassed and didn't want this girl to feel that way. Kindness comes from the heart and this boy obviously has one!!!