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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
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Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
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Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
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Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Greatest anxiety

"What was the situation that caused me the greatest anxiety or distress this past week - the kind of situation that I kept replaying in my mind as I was dropping off to sleep, or caused me to say to myself, I don't want to go through this again for a while?"

I had a student that just snapped. She is a drama queen that likes attention and have a captive audience with the other students in the class.

When she ask a question, it's twofold, her objective is to draw you into a confrontation. I normally address her solo.

Anyway, this student took a simple problem and blew it into a Mount Everst. She proceeded to yell and scream at me "telling me off" I suppose.

I asked her to please leave the class and have a good day. It took her a few more minutes before she left out the class.

The class has not had a teacher in almost two years. The students that are in the class that are seniors will not receive a completion so they can care less about what I am saying or doing. It is a hard place to be in because they just need a babysitter for 90 minutes. The seniors use to have a intern at the school or be able to attend a nearby junior college for college credit. For whatever reason that has been stopped.

I just hope not to experience that again because I was extremely excited when she left...whew!!
I do not want another day like that.....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the hardest things when something like that happens is getting everyone back on track. Hope you where able to do that after she left the room.

I know it is like a weight lifted off your shoulders when the non-engaging student is absent that day. That day was last Friday for me. I am really trying with this student. She has a horrible personality and I know its from her home life. I am really hoping that I will be able to reach her this year.

Hopefully, once the students realize that you are here to stay in this class they will start to engage with you and your structure will be in place with them and things will be able to flow better with them and this disruptive student.

Have you talked one on one with her? I was given some really good advice last week from one of our colleagues and had a one on one with another situation I had it went really, really well. I think it gave her the positive attention that she was needing.

Yes, I hope you don't have any more days like this one