When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking…

There is a poem that I have seen attributed to Connie Black entitled When You Thought I Wasn't Looking. ??I have always wanted to re-write it from the perspective of a student and I am??honored??that Carol is giving me the chance to share it here.

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you laugh with Cindy who no one else laughs with, and I wanted to laugh too.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you ask ??Mark who always sits in the corner to sit a little closer, and I thought it was good to be kind and include everyone.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give a compliment to Keisha who never receives one, and I knew that kind words make a difference.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you pat Eddie on the back as he walked out of class, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you ask Billy why he was absent yesterday, and I knew that you missed us when we were not in class.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw your tear when I presented, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I LOOKED….and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

Our students are always watching us. ??They listen to our words even when we are not talking to them. ??They watch our bodies and read the signals that we send even when our lips are sealed. Their perception of how they should behave and perform is determined by perceiving our non-verbal messages. ??Our kids will leave us with deep memories from our classes. ??Years after they graduate they might remember some of the content that we taught, and they will forget what we said, ??but they will not forget how we made they feel. ??Tomorrow when you talk to your kids keep that in mind. ??What will your kids see you do? ??What will your kids hear you say? ??What did they feel when they were in your presence? ??Too often our kids' behaviors and actions in class are simply reflections of how we make them feel. ??It's the little things we do, that will make the biggest difference.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I LOOKED….and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

I’ll be doing a workshop on Blogging for my district on March 30.

I was hoping to include Posterous as one of the options that teachers interested in blogging might use. However, after reading that it has been acquired by Twitter and after the very cryptic message about backing up my posts to another blog site, it makes me very uncomfortable.

Posterous was such a great tool for educational purposes. I really like the fact that teachers could set up a blog that students could easily post to, and yet the teacher could moderated those posts before they became public.

The science teacher in my school set up a Posterous account for his 7th graders prior to a field trip to the CT Science Museum. The students were given the email address, and they were able to take pictures with their smartphones of different exhibits that interested them, add some commentary, and then post it to the blog. It was a pretty nice experiment.

Twitter is such a great platform for teachers to connect and share resources. I don’t understand why they would do anything to hurt current Posterous bloggers.

I do hope the folks at Posterous give us some clearer guidelines of how to proceed. Their last post was on March 12, and there has been no other word since then.

I do remember how educators embraced the Ning collaboration area and how the owners betrayed their trust. I hope Posterous does not go the same route.