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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 12, 2016

CTE New Teacher Institute Forum: What I am proud of

CTE New Teacher Institute Forum: What I am proud of

In the past week I contacted one of my students parents about his attendance. This student had missed every day except three since the beginning of the school year. After speaking with his mother, I found out that he was a troubled teen who had disengaged from school and his parents. I contacted his Assistant Principal and counselor to set up a meeting with this student and his parents. A couple of days after the meeting, the student started showing up for class. I asked him to meet with me after class on the second day he was back and he agreed. I found out that he was not interested in speaking with anyone about what was troubling him. We spoke for the next two days and i was able to make a connection with him. This student was very interested in the military, so we spoke of my military back ground. I was able to make him understand the importance of staying in school and improving his grades if he wanted to pursue a military career. Now he is one of my best students. He had a conversation with his assistant principal and told her that I was the only reason he was staying in school. this was my proud moment. Makes you feel good when you feel like you can change a kids life for the better!

1 comment:

Mr. Love - MMHS Audio Video Technology and Film said...

That is awesome Kenneth. Students sometimes need to talk to someone other than there parents to realize that what they are doing is wrong. I am glad that you were able to reach him.