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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, February 11, 2008


Well, the topic hasn't changed yet so I figured I'd be safe to post another "open mic" comment.

I have always tried to have faith in my boss no matter where it was that I worked. I like to think the best of people. However, the past two school days has caused me to lose ALL faith in the administration of my asylum. The wardens called a meeting of the 9th grade team on Friday. We were to be in the room by 8:15 sharp. Well, all 10 of us were there at 8:10 patiently awaiting our wardens to address whatever the issue was. At 8:20 we called to see why they weren't there. We were told they were coming. At 8:30 we called again, still no answer. The AP finally came down at 8:43 (the bell rings at 8:45) and asked what we needed to talk about (THEY called the meeting, not us! However, we came up with an agenda while we were waiting). We told him there was no way we could even begin a discussion in 2 minutes time and get somewhere. So, after wasting 10 hours of planning, he said we'd all meet on Monday, same time (8:15) and same place. So I arrive at 8:10 this morning (however, I brought papers to grade with me this time) and, sure enough, sat there until 8:30 with no one coming from administration to the meeting. All of this has caused my day to be completely thrown off. I wasn't prepared when my second period class came in so I "winged it" with all my morning classes this morning. It has gone so well that I will continue to do the same this afternoon. (I had them create a powerpoint slide for Black History Month covering an African American in a health related field). Anyway, to think that I will be going to waste my time sitting on administration again is a joke. We are having a faculty meeting after school today and half of me is saying to completely blow them off because obviously they don't care about their staff. The other part of my has this gnawing in my conscious that if I don't go, I may not have a job tomorrow. Needless to say, the faith is GONE.


joec said...

It would seem that what you are experiencing is the "norm". I am lucky to have good people and administration around me, but there are days...I really hope things change for the better. It would be a real shame for the students if a crummy admin. let you get away... to a place where talent is rewarded.

Victoria said...

You have the "patience of Job" in the bible. All I can say is try to forgive them for thier poor behavior and remember that none of us are perfect. When dealing with unprofessionals, I always try to have an attitude of forgiveness so that I won't harbor resentment against them. I will keep you in my prayers.

Jessie H said...

Too bad teachers don't get to evaluate their administrators! That would be interesting.