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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!

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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
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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?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"What was the situation that caused me the greatest anxiety or distress this past week - the kind of situation that I kept replaying in my mind as I was dropping off to sleep, or caused me to say to myself, I don't want to go through this again for a while?"

As teachers there are many situations that go on each day that we think to ourselves man I do not want to have to go through this again! I feel like I am always having one of these moments. My moment for this week was me getting emotional in front of my students in one of my more rowdy off task classes. During the whole period the students were off task, constantly on their phones, not listening, and being disrespectful. I tried to keep my composure through the entire 102 minute class period. However, at the end of the class I reached my breaking point and could fill my eyes starting to fill with tears. My breaking point was when a student said a rude comment to me. At that point my feelings were just hurt and I could not help but get emotional. I truly wish I let comments and attitudes that the students have roll off my back, however, I have not been able to conquer that as of yet. I do not like my students to see me in a weak moment. I am scared that if they see me when I am weak like that they will try and take advantage of me. After this situation happened I internally beat myself up for letting the kids see me weak. I just hope next time I can let the situation go without me taking it personally. 

1 comment:

T Watts said...

I remember when I first walked into a classroom, I got walked all over. But you learn and you get smarter as it goes along. I never cried (that I'll admit to), but I have been pretty upset over the conduct of my classes before.

You know, as you build your curriculum, you'll end up with things you can go back to. So, when the whole class is off task, you simply sit them down and start something else. I've done that before. We break up to work in small groups on video projects and the students get off task, so I just shut it down, we go back into the classroom and do something else. Maybe it's something boring, but I always have an idea to fall back on. You'll get that eventually. But it's just tough that first year for our classes because there really is no set curriculum, like you might find in the math department or English department.

Hang in there... You'll be surprised at the students that you think are jack wagons now that will one day come back around to you just because you stuck with them.