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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?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Culture of Defiance II

I spoke to one of the veteran teachers on my hall today about hard line tactics. She gave me the the whole spiel about how I was too nice and in order to get anything done I was going to have to get real mean. She said "it's all some of these kids understand"! I entered this profession to teach, not to babysit. It 's a shame to see all of the good, hard working students miss out on a real practical learning experience just so we can tend to our "babies"! There's no telling how much more real valuable information we could share and teach if it weren't for all of the useless distraction. Do we have to become monsters in order to create order? This numbers game is an undermining factor. So many of these kids don't deserve to be in this school let alone a classroom but you can't get rid of them because you have to keep up the "numbers". Numbers shmumbers! Are the taxpayers paying for the better education of their own kids or are they paying for something that is only half baked? Many of them really don't care about anything so it seems. When you ask them about the future they have no real decent reply. Their reply usually comes with a bit of a reason as to why they're disgruntled with the school. Very seldom does a student blame themselves for anything. It all makes for a great challenge though and I love it!

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