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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 9, 2015

This has been a very difficult week for me already. I have had to write up 2 students and I had to give a student a zero on an assignment because the student plagiarized Wikipedia. It was a very difficult situation for me and, obviously, the situation contained many firsts for me. When I talked to the student today, he told me that my class was an elective and wasn’t important. The student told me that he didn’t have to listen to me and walked away from me. It really took a lot out of me emotionally; hearing a student tell me that the subject matter about which I harbor a great passion is unimportant and the complete lack of respect I was just shown. I took a deep breath and walked back into my classroom. I had to work hard not to hang my head or let the students know how upset I was.  That really wasn’t what I signed up for when I decided to become a teacher. It was a really difficult class period to get through. I tried to hide my emotions and I hope I succeeded. I was relieved and still quite upset when the class was finally over. I was wondering how I was even going to face my next class.

Then the students from my next class began walking into the classroom. They each had smiles on their faces. As they walked into the classroom they said, “Hey Ms. Groover!” or “Hi Ms. Groover!” It began to turn my day around. For the past few days, we have been learning about how people in public safety manage crises and emergency situations. In order to see what they have learned, the students in the class were assigned groups and were required to create a Crisis and Emergency Plan for certain large events throughout Georgia. Today was the day that they were to present. I was worried that my emotions were going to distract me from giving my students my fullest attention. But when the first group walked up, I saw that they were all dressed in professional attire (something that I taught them during the beginning of the year and not a requirement for the presentations) and were excited to begin their presentation. I began glowing inside with pride. The group began presenting and I was immediately impressed. They had notecards and spoke professionally. It was clear that they had learned a lot from me already this year and had practiced their presentation thoroughly. They captured my fullest attention and made me forget about my negative experience from the period before.
My students made me realize that while there may be one student who thinks my class is unimportant, there are another 50 students who eagerly anticipate coming to my class and learning from me. They greet me with a smile and make me remember why I became a teacher in the first place.


T Watts said...

Those students can really take it out of you. And it's hard to not just lose it on them... but I have learned you just focus your energy on those students that are there to learn and, like you said, most of them are there to learn.

It's crazy though, how one student can be as powerful as the other fifty in a lot of ways, in regards to determining our emotional state.

Dr. J said...

Well said T Watts. I feel the same way. Dr. J.

Ms. G said...

Thanks Tuck. I agree with you when you say that one student can be as powerful as the other fifty...that one student can become overpowering sometimes...