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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?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This weeks Surpise

Last week I had to write two of my students up in my upper level class. One went to ISS the other i called his mom, it was the difference in where they were in step discipline. Well Monday got off to a rough start but as the week has gone on one apologized and both behavior has improved. I was shocked that they realized that it wasn't that I didn't care about them was why i was writing them up but that I did is why i was so hard on them. They want structure and someone to care for them not just someone that wants good evaluations and a job.


Mical St.Clair said...

wade great job. I realized that with my students early on last year. I came in the door from the beginning setting rules. Once the kids realized that I wasn't going to budge but it was because I loved them they fell in line. I have had to write one student up in two years. SO great job to you.

Jessica S. said...

Managing "problem behaviors" is an area that stresses me out the most. I am always unsure of my strategies and decisions. Am I too harsh? Too easy? Will giving a consequence make this kid act out worse or will it change the behavior for the better? Low key, normal behavior corrections/disruptions are no problem. But chronic behavior issues and serious offenses? So many headaches!!

Anyways, I'm so happy to hear that you are having good results from your discipline strategies. I definitely need to step up my confidence with dealing with significant bad behavior.

James Holdsworth said...

Hey Wade, handling disciplinary actions is never very fun for either parties involved. I like the fact the you mentioned they were in different "steps" of their disciplinary structure, I see a lot of teachers here that just kick their students out of class and give them Saturday School on the first offense. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't think this type of reaction solves any problems. Sometimes we have to take harsher consequences on some, but I think it is necessary to follow-up with the students and reinforce the fact that we do care and that we want them to succeed. I'm sorry your week started off the way that it did, but I am glad that they apologized and realized it was for the greater good.