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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 23, 2015

Pleasant Surprises

The event this past week that took me by surprise was actually a good event.

School pride is something they are really working on at our school this year.  They are doing a lot of things to try to get the students to buy into supporting the school.  One of those things was to have some of the students anonymously vote for 'Teacher of the Month."

As part of the nominating process, students fill out a short form about who they would nominate and why.  The teacher with the most nominations wins, I guess.  Now l
et's get this out of the way right off the bat... I didn't expect to win.  We have a lot of great teachers, in my opinion, and I simply don't stack up to them in my mind.

But, a cool thing that they are doing is that if a student nominates you, they give you those forms in your mailbox.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I received two nominations for the award.

One student wrote:

"I think he should be Teacher of the Month because he's a fun teacher and let's us have fun in class and gives fun assignments."  

And the other said:

"He's got me into video production and he's there for anyone no matter what."

It was really nice to see those things, especially after that confrontation with a student who wanted to punch me.  I am my own worst critic and I can be really hard on myself most of the time.  But those students could have voted for anyone and they picked me, so that made me feel good.


Healthcare Science said...

That is awesome you were nominated by two students. I know if I get some sort of praise from my students it means so much to me! The students are the ones we are there for so it is so nice to see their appreciation. When you feel like they appreciate you you feel like you are truly making a big difference in the lives of the students.

Anonymous said...

YAY! What a GREAT thing to have heard. I feel like if we are making a difference just one kid at a time, that's a good thing.