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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

What was the moment or moment(s) this past week when you felt most connected, engaged, or affirmed as a teacher - the moment you said to yourself, "This is what being a teacher is really all about"?

Wow, to be honest this was a tough week for me as a teacher. However, on Friday, I had a student make her first 100 on a vocab quiz. I have had this student for two semesters and she normally fails or barely passes the weekly vocab quizzes. I have really tried to encourage her all this year telling her she is smart and if she studies she can pass all of them. When I told her that she earned a 100 she was so proud of herself. I enjoyed seeing her confidence grow! I thought to myself this is really why I am teaching to help students believe in themselves and understand they can complete any given task with hard work. Hopefully, with this new found confidence she can continue to do well on all of her assessments


Miss "O" said...

What a way to end your week and to start off a holiday weekend. A student scoring a 100 on a quiz. Especially, that student being one that has struggled in your class and other classes. Sounds like you have made a break through with that student! I think that is soooo wonderful. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can effect my student that way. I know it won't happen overnight and that we must be patient with them and we don't know what their home lives are like. You are a great teacher, I have seen the things you where working on in class, I know if I was a student of yours it would be a fun and interesting class to be in. You've made washing my hands fun! LOL. Congrats and the students will become more engaging the more they get to know you. Mine have really started more in the last week as well. They are feeling more comfortable around the peers in their class.

toothpik said...

WOW!! AWESOME testimony!! You are changing lives, one clip at a time. I believe you have provided these students with structure along with a place to go and be a part of the action. I'm AMAZED everyday by the power within this journey I am on!! I look forward to hearing more of your many SUCCESS stories!!