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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?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Open Mic

I know that I may be a bit behind on creating this post but I feel that it is something that needs to be shared.  This week, I realized how as teachers, we are not just that to some of our students.  I have several students that call me "mom" and "aunt" because they see me as family.  The students in my class are, as most of you may know, special needs and many of them come from broken homes and disadvantaged situations.  This week, it really dawned on me how much this family away from home means to my students.  I had a student who had bottled up anger and instinctively punched a mirror and consequently, caused major lacerations to his hand.  Thankfully, as a healthcare worker first and foremost, I was able to tend to his injuries by cleaning, irrigating, and wrapping his wounds.  Due to the extensive injuries, I had to call the student's family.  However, no one was able to answer the phone and I had to call 911 to transport this student.  Since the student is underage, a teacher or staff member had to come with him.  The student, even in his disturbed state, requested that I go with him.  So, I became his legal guardian for the next 4 hours while he was tended to in the hospital ER.  When asked, on several occasions, if I was his mother, I attempted to state no, but the student would tell the healthcare workers that I was just like his mother and that he preferred to be there with me.  Throughout the stitches and many other procedures, the student held my hand and cried on my shoulder.  He thanked me when his family was able to pick me up.  

The fact that this student depends on me and trusts me in such a way, when it is evident that he has anger and control issues, lets me know that I have to do all I can for him (as well as my other students) to help him along this journey called life.  It is clear to me that this is what I am purposed to do.


Yvonne Goodson said...

So beautiful, and thanks for sharing! I'm not sure if it's because we are Healthcare professionals we are instinctively nurturing, but my students also call me momma, more specifically, "mama G." Whatever the cause or reason, I totally echo your sentiments in that many are called, and few are chosen, and yes, my dear, you are chosen! Keep doing the great work!

LovesFootball said...

Awww thanks Yvonne!!! I never thought that I would have so many children, but like you stated, many are called but few are chosen. Thank you for everything that I learned from you this summer. I have taken all of it to heart and utilized it in my class!