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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?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Loving it!

This past year as a new teacher has been an incredible journey. I have learned so much!!! such as acronyms in education are different from those in nursing. The paperwork is about the same, tons of it!! The thing I have learned the most is that I'm truly loving the students. Yes some of them can be knuckleheads and drive you nuts, but overall it has been a great year. I have learned the students will rise up to a challenge. We are having a medical terminology spelling bee. We opened it up to the school and have had several students sign up. We are excited. When I was an educator in nursing I would always tell my students that everyday should be filled with learning opportunities. If at the end of the day you could not answer the question, What have learned today? , you have missed out! Teaching is the same way.


joec said...

The spelling bee is a great idea! That idea makes me wonder if I could do some type of construction related competition. Your idea just wrote a lesson plan for me!

Toni said...


I am so happy for you. I am glad your first year turned out to be successful. From what I hear, some of the other nursing teachers did not have the same type of year. Best of luck to you next year and the years to come.

Julie J. said...

The spelling bee is an awesome idea! You know, you might be able to start something here. We (meaning all of us HSTE people) could hold school spelling bees and then challenge each other by county and then go to state. Between all of us in NTI, we could probably get this organized. What do you think?

Johnny Jackson said...
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Johnny Jackson said...


I am not at all surprised that you enjoy teaching. With all my experience, one year at the time I met you, I could tell you had what it took to be a good teacher. Patience and quiet confidence are the qualities that come to mind. The terminology and paperwork are two things I remember struggling with most as well. I'm sure more than you did.

Connie said...

Esther this sounds great! We do need to see about our schools competing with each other. We could start with Henry Co and then branch out like Julie suggested.

By the way, I've already mentioned this to some of my students and they are eager to "bring it on." Ha! Ha! And one of my students knows someone from Woodland and she was telling them about the Spelling Bee.

So, see, you are famous!