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Day 444 - Teaching

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I couldn't let this "triple-digit" day pass without a blog post!

I had my Management class today. I've lost one student who had to drop the class, and another student has missed the last two sessions, so he may not be there for the final. My troubled student left class tonight at 7pm. That leaves two teams with 3 people instead of the 4 that they started with (and one of those team is really only 2-1/2 because of the student that always leaves early).

I handed back the graded quizzes, and got a LOT of feedback from the students. One of them said it was the hardest quiz he'd ever taken! I'm learning that I can't rely on the "test bank" of questions provided by the publisher. I need to make sure that the questions I select actually test learning, and not just memorization. It's a delicate balance.

What I'm getting from the students, more than anything, is their desire to understand and grow. They inspire me. They motivate me to be a better teacher. I want so much for them to be successful and become the leaders in the business world a year or two from now.

I'm learning as much from them as, I hope, they are learning from me. We're learning together.

That's what teaching is all about.

Keep Sparking, and keep teaching your SparkFriends, as you teach me.
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    Too strange the edit comment doesn't seem to work any longer...make that subject MATTER...not manner...LOL! emoticon
    1835 days ago
    Oh how lucky I'd be to be a student of yours! Every teacher is a key inspiration in a student's life. I'll never ever forget my Science teacher in 6th grade. He was the one that opened the door to worlds unknown to me. He was enthusiastic about his subject manner and challenged each of his students to engage in discussion and really be present in his classroom.

    He encouraged each student to the best of their ability and was really good about putting weaker students in study groups with a stronger student to help them along.

    At the time I didn't realize how crafty and smart he was about this because it was always very open and fun.

    I know you have the same characteristics Steve...I bet your students love you! emoticon
    1835 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Teaching is a learning process evidently. Very demanding job.
    1836 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you are a great teacher! It is great to read about teaching experiences. Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1840 days ago
    I know for sure you are a great teacher. You always give us the strength and show us the right road for a healthy life. I can imagine what your students have learned from you my friend. emoticon
    1842 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Just keep on doing what your doing, Steve. I'm sure your students appreciate the open and encouraging lines of communication you have established.

    1843 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I do not understand how an open book quiz was difficult. If they read the text, took notes and listened to you, it should have been a breeze.
    Does this say that they did not read or listen? I am not clear if this class requires note-taking, reading and class participation. Every single class I took, required reading text and note-taking. It was what the tests/quizzes/exams were constructed.
    Never having taken an open-book test, I cannot understand how they thought it was difficult if the answers were in front of them. Am I missing something?

    I do not think you made a difficult quiz, you would not do that to a student.
    1843 days ago
    This is why you are a good teacher...you are open to learning yourself and don't assume your way is right and the only way! I hope you keep the rest of the students in your class!
    I hope your week is going well!
    P.S. Tell Steve I am now into "Revenge"! LOL
    1843 days ago
    "If you really want to learn something , teach." For a time in my career I was an trainer/teacher. I was teaching technical skills related to the oil refining industry. I came to the same realization as you did, the more I taught, the more I learned--about the trainees, myself, and the material I was trying to teach. It's was a very rewarding experience.
    1843 days ago
    You are a great teacher!
    1843 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    I love that you're learning right along with your students! Keep up the great work and keep sparking!!
    1843 days ago
    I don't think I ever heard that: teachers learn from students. A glaring truth though since after reading this I have given it some thought. Another great blog, Steve. HUGS, Pat
    1843 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    I'm not surprised that you're making the most of this challenge too! I have no doubt that you'll help these students reach their goals. Enjoy the ride!
    1843 days ago
    You are a good teacher, Steve, because you have the openness to realise that teachers learn from their students too, and it is never a one-way system! Here's to growth and renewal, time and time again! Why does your student have to leave so early? - just wondering...... Hugs!
    1843 days ago
    Fantastic blog !
    1843 days ago
  • RAERAE1984
    That sounds great! You're doung a great job. I figure the day I don't learn from my students is the day I need to quit.
    1843 days ago
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