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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?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"What is the most important thing I have learned about teaching and learning?" 

I believe the most important thing teaching has taught me is, patience. Growing up, I wasn't the brightest student. Honestly, I went to school to have fun and socialize. It wasn't until later in life I realized I didn't want to "work for peanuts" all my life. I believe my personal experiences have allowed me to appreciate my students more yet at the same time, I consistently remind them, "we all have CHOICES". I wholeheartedly believe life is all about choices. My students and I recently watched the movie, "Gifted Hands", a biography of Ben Carson. It was an enlightening experience for ALL of us and completely coincidence that he is currently a presidential candidate. I believe it reiterated to my students, anything is possible if you have the will to follow through and set your mind to doing something. It takes "guts" to change yet this week, I'm glad I took that "leap of faith" and made the switch to teaching. :o)

1 comment:

JC said...

Amen! Totally agree with you. Patience is really a virtue and self-awareness will cause you to evaluate yourself and make life changing decisions. Sometimes it really does take getting your motivation from someone else's story.