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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?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

I have had two students, both in my advanced classes, approach me in the last week or so and discuss with me their options as far as pursuing Audio & Video Technology as a career choice.

Both said something to the effect that they had never really considered video as a career until taking my class.  That tells me that even though there are days where my lessons or methods may not seem to work, an impact is still being made.

To me, that is huge and as teachers we can't ask for more than that, really.

Like some of you, I teach in a county where the kids face incredible obstacles when it comes to learning.  From poverty to parental issues, a lot of our students need a way out, a chance to just break the cycle.  Our classes can offer them that way out.  Our classes can result in lifelong careers.  

So, it makes me feel very proud when a student understands that there is something more to the class than showing up, working on some vocabulary words, making a video, and then going to math class.  There is a potential to make this a career, to make their lives better, or at the very least to use the knowledge they gain in my class to make whatever career path they choose more successful.


toothpik said...

I couldn't agree with you more!! It is up to us, as teachers to show these young people "the way" if their parent's can't/don't/won't. So glad you are giving the young people in your community HOPE and goals to strive for!! Exciting times!! :o)

SD Curry said...

Maaaann, I feel you on this one. I know you felt really good and proud when you heard those comments. You deserve to hear that Tuck. I can see the passion you have for your subject, so I can only imagine how much you enjoy teaching your students. Keep having an impact!! Great job!!!