Thursday, October 29, 2009

Teaching is beautiful

This week has been a tad hectic to say the least, but it all seems to be falling into place. I am finally getting acquainted with my 150+ students learning their names is the best part. Thank god, we have ID’s that makes my job a bit easier. It is great to see that students are becoming better acquainted with computers and are putting their guards down a little bit. Today, at school we had a costume contest and little fiesta. I feel it is important to relax sometimes and have a chance to interact with your students on an informal level you learn a lot about them. In the end, it makes you see what needs to be done to help students become successful in and outside of the classroom. In my opinion, it also builds bridges of trust, which is important to me as a college instructor. On a side note for the first time in a very long while, I feel I am spreading myself a little thin. I want to help all of my students equally but it is so difficult when you have 40 students in one class with different needs any suggestions? Since, students are at different levels I feel like I am constantly running around. However, I know it is only temporary and in due time it will all work out. I know situations like this often happen many times in a teacher’s journey. I hope everyone is doing great in their classes and are effecting positive change within their classrooms. My project for this class is going great it seems that students are really interested in excel and are eager to learn about budgeting, amortization schedules, grade distributions etc. I feel my project will be very helpful for students as their academic journey continues.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Adventures of Technology Use

This week to say the least has been hectic it’s the start of a new quarter. Students are running around and trying to figure out classrooms. Teachers are putting the finishing touches on syllabi’s and trying to make copies, but as always all the copiers are down. Why is it when you need technology most something always seems to go wrong? This quarter, I have six technology classes with 35 students in each class. Yes, you can begin to imagine my stress level. It is a bit difficult to help all students when there is only one of me but, with my sprints around the classroom, I am managing. I know as the quarter progresses things will get a lot better or at least I hope they do.

As a computer instructor it is always interesting to see how students react to computers and software programs. Believe it or not many students are afraid of the computer but, through many trial and errors they are able to surpass their fears. As a class we go over the software programs in depth until all students fully understand all the content being presented. If that means staying after class or meeting on Fridays one on one that’s what I will do to ensure students succeed in technology. It is always a great feeling to see how students at the end of the quarter are quite comfortable with the computer to me this means that I have done a good job in teaching them all about computers and software programs. I feel it is imperative that students really understand technology and the great resources it has to offer. In my opinion in this ever- changing society it is imperative that students become familiar with technology in order to be able to compete in a global society.