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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 26, 2016

Wait... Whaaaat... Yes... Awesome...

Hey NTI Team!!! 

Well I can say there are many things that gives me the “unexpectedly happy” feeling. At Riverdale High I can say it is safe to say that there is no day like the previous. My students have such awesome personalities. Well The good feeling day for me came a few days ago. I recently had my evaluation with Mr. Chandler. Leading up to the evaluation date, I was sooooooo nervous! Oh geesh I was so nervous. I couldn’t sleep, eat, think, etc. I was praying that my sweet babies be on their “BEST” behavior. Well, the day before the evaluation came and I informed my students that we were having a guest and I expect them to act accordingly. The looked at me like, “yeah, sure, whatever Ms. Kimble.” I looked back at them like, “I’m not playing with you guys.” Almost like one of those looks your mom or grandma give you when you are acting up in church. Lol. Well needless to say, the day of the evaluation came and I was still sweating golf ball sixe sweat balls under my arms (I have really bad nerves).  Mr. Chandler came in the class before my students arrived. I was standing outside my door greeting them looking at them like, “get in there, sit down, and close your mouth.” The bell rang, I went inside the classroom, and the games began! We had class and they acted like they were in church (perfect surprisingly). I almost didn’t recognize them. I said to myself… Wait… Whaaat… Yes… Awesome! I was so proud of their behavior that day. I felt bad because I didn’t have any faith in them and I just knew they would act out. I was sooooooo happy and elated! I gave them praise for their positive behavior and asked if they could act like that every day. However, I think that was asking too much of them, buuuuut, I’m going to keep trying.


Laura said...

Their behavior is a direct reflection of their respect for you as their teacher :) Job well done Thelma! I'm glad your eval went off without a hitch....I knew you could do it! I'm sure Mr. Chandler enjoyed your class as well. You have an infectious personality and you are fair. Your students respect you for that.

Mical St.Clair said...


When your kids have respect, admiration, and love for you they well walk through the flames for you and then some. When I had my evaluation I prepped my kids to and I had a lab planned that day. The kids got right in the lab and got to prepping for our event. They were engaged and asked lots of questions (that they already knew the answers too lol) but I knew they were just doing to make me look good. So love them they will hold you down