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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?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

"This is what being a teacher is really all about

This week in my classes we covered Professional Image.  I explain to the students how to use it in the world of cosmetology as well as how they can apply it to the real world in any job.  It was great to see all the classes engaging in questions about how they should dress for success on the outside. The old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”  and then we talked about professional Image on the inside and someone who inspired them for success in what they want to do in their lives.  We had some real teary days in my class.  I really had some great sharing of personal experiences.  It’s really helped me see who some of my students are and what they want out of their lives.  I have one class that has a student that is a real tough case.  She has a huge wall up and EVERYTHING is a negative.  She is going to be the one I want to really make a difference with.  Guess that I am making her my personal goal for the school year, I hope to be that teacher that can make her care about herself  and her possible career in cosmetology.
To me that summons up what teaching is really about.


Healthcare Science said...

It is so great to hear that you were able to get your classes engaged in talking about Professional Image. It can be so hard to get them engaged in ANY given topic! That is one of my biggest struggles with my students.

I feel like I really need to connect with the tougher students as well. I want to make a difference in their life! Some students come from such hard backgrounds I can see why they are negative. I feel like if I could just make one positive influence on them that maybe that can change the course of their life!

T Watts said...

Engaging with students, I have found, is an art. Some students need just a bit of encouragement, while others need you to be stern with them. A teacher at my school once said to me that, for some kids, all they hear is their parents yelling at them... so to them, that's what they equate with people who care for them. So, that's tough when you would rather not yell at them or be really, really stern with them.

It would be great if all the kids simply responded to a teacher caring for them, but they are all different, bring in different needs, and so it's a talent to recognize what each student needs and give them that. Once you get a kid on your side, though, it's great. Once they see that you aren't just there to teach them, you are there to care about them, to love them, to lift them up, that's when you can make those impacts, I think.