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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?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

What would I do differently?
Last week was a whirlwind for me. It was very busy. I think one thing that I would do differently is not freak out about a deadline. I woke up Thursday morning thinking that I had missed a deadline for HOSA. I have students going to competition in March and some the students that are going were still not in the system as members. I woke up thinking "Oh, No" What if I don't get them in time and they can not go?" I rushed to the computer and e-mailed the director over Georgia HOSA. I did not get a response the whole day. I rushed to my secretary that morning telling her that I had to have a check for new members postmarked by that day. She said that it was not a problem. That afternoon, the director e-mailed me back and said the deadline was March 1. I was relieved. I have got to chill out and quit worrying about everything. Things usually work out and I should quit the worrying. I think that once I get through this year, I will be fine. I can't wait until I feel more comfortable with my career.

1 comment:

Jessie H said...

You raise a good point. When we transition into a new career we do feel more stress. I agree with you that you will feel less stress when you are "comfortable" with your career. It just takes time.

It took me about 3 years to begin to feel like I was a competent teacher. Things started to get easier and less stressful for me that third year of teaching. In your case, you bring a lot to teaching from your nursing background, and my guess is that it won't take you three years to get comfortable. You already have so many successes under your belt. Hang in there!