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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 blogged quite a bit today while my students diligently worked on an independent assignment. I almost forgot! A student emailed me over the weekend asking if she could use me as a reference on a job application. Of course, I replied "I'd be honored for her to count me in". Today, when she came to class, she notified me she had to take an "employability test" as part of the interview process. She went on to tell me it was 65 questions and she PASSED! I asked her if she remembered to ask them when they would be making a final decision and she had.

I spent 4 weeks on "Employability" and a part of me felt like it was a little extreme BUT, I believe it's essential for our young people to know how to get a job and keep it. We performed mock interviews, proper handshaking, among many other tasks during this unit. My student seemed very confident about her interview and was elated to tell me she had passed the "employability" test. I hope she gets the job!! It would certainly prove more than one point!!

Either way, I had a GREAT time teaching them about not easily giving up. I employed many quotes and a video of a talented motivational speaker, Les Brown. He was labeled as "educationally challenged" at a young age yet has gone on to become an extremely successful, wise individual with an enormous amount of drive. I believe my students were encouraged by him and I hope his mentality will stick with them!!

I'll have to keep you all posted on how it all turns out!

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