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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?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Doing things differently going forward

"Of everything I did this week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again, and why?"

My example has to do with teaching indirectly....

I was caught off guard when a couple of students asked me for paper to do a poster. I am always so helpful. I rarely let students in my office because I keep my personal items in their and do not want to tempt anyone. I also keep construction paper, paint, extra supplies, etc. in my office.

I allowed the students to come into my office and select the color of paper. Once I turned my back to get the paper, the students decided to steal my phone. I had texted my sister before the class started and while I was eating my lunch, so the phone was out on my desk. Afterwards, I had that class, then I left the school. So, by process of elimination, the 2 students were the last ones I had in the office before I left.

I was furious and embarrassed at the same time. Did they really try to play me? After I was being so helpful? Well, I also thought of that irritating statement that "no good deed goes unpunished"
When I saw the girls first thing that next morning, which was extremely unusal, I wanted them to know that I was not accusing them of stealing, I wanted to know if they seen the phone while they were in my office. They both answered yes, it was on my desk. That confirmed everything for me. They both seen the phone and 15 minutes later it was not there???

Going forward, I will not allow anyone in my office. I will impose tighter restriction on entering the lab. The students are breaking and tearing up the keys to the keyboard and destroying the mouse for the computers. I was out done!!

I am trying to instill responsibility, accountability, ownership, dependability, honesty, and committment to the students. 

1 comment:

Miss "O" said...

Did you ever get your phone back? Hope so!
maybe a good lesson will be not to let the student on the computers for awhile. give them book work and worksheets and tell them until they learn to respect you and your things i.e. your phone and the computers... They will be stuck doing their work without the use of technology. You truly have a very difficult situation. I hope it gets better for you. I don't know if my advice will work or not. Maybe a little of the idea you can use and blend it into something you can use : )