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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, March 24, 2008

Advice for "Newbies"

Considering that this is only my second year teaching, I really don't qualify to give advice to anyone. However, it is my opinion that you should carefully sift through all the advice you receive. While there are lots of teachers in the profession for the right reasons, I have also encountered a few who just want a "summer off". Listen carefully to everyone, and then try to decide "why" they are giving you advice, especially if it is unsolicited. Most of the people you meet will try to steer you in the right direction, but I received some " bum " advice my first year. While this did not have a huge effect on my career, it did cause a rather heated exchange in my administrator's office. While I do not mind mixing it up; especially with a petty tyrant, it was unnecessary. I listened to advice without asking " Why is this person trying to guide me?" Do not make the same mistake I made.

1 comment:

Dwayne Connors said...

That's one I missed! Excellent advice from someone who's only taught for 2 years. Your absolutely right. I've recieved a little bit of bum advise myself. You're blog will help to keep all of us on the lookout for that kind of stuff.