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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?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Yes this makes me Happy....Renewed Strength and Renewed Confidence

"What was the event this past week that most took me by surprise - an event where I saw or did something that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt or made me unexpectedly happy?"

All in all, my week ended great. The start was shaky, but by the end of the week I felt a renewed strength to keep keeping on. Additionally, I realized that most of my third level students are actually very caring, mature, and understand the value of cognitive learning. As such, I am comfortable with most of them enrolling into the fourth level (internship). 
Since the start of school, I worried about their maturity level and determined that most would not be allowed to enroll into internship. Through observing their work and work ethic, I believed they could not make important connections without constant direction. Over the last few weeks, I've worked with them and worked with them and gave less and less direction yet asked more questions to get them thinking. 
After this week, I realized that they are actually mastering information and learning to analyze and make decisions based on information obtained. They are seeking less direction for an answer and are relying more and more on what they know. We are moving from a question-answer session to a dialogue session of great input and feedback. 
I am confidence that they can complete internship without my constant supervision or direction. 
It was also announced that I was nominated for Teacher of the Month. The nomination stated that I am caring and always go above and beyond for my students and colleagues. I do not look for recognition for anything that I do because all that I do, I do it from my heart. Nonetheless, the recognition was well received.

1 comment:

Miss "O" said...

TEE! What wonderful news! I love having great discussions with the students. I have one class that is so engaging. They are so much fun to be around. Sounds like you are experiencing that with your 3rd year students. Just when you think they aren't getting it, they surprise you by showing you that they do get it.

How awesome! Teacher of the month!! Way to go :) When you care about your students it shows and its great someone has seen that and you are being recognized for it!

Congrats Friend!