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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, March 23, 2008

Mental Moments

Have you (before this year) or anyone you know said, "Gee, it must be great to be a teacher and only work 9 months a year?" Well, how do you feel about those kinds of comments now? What they don't know:
1) You work 60 hours a week while almost everyone else works 40, so summer kind of evens it out.
2) I have talked to more parents about their children than Dr. Phil!
3) I have tip-toed around a variety of fellow staff members like I was running for president.
4) In this job, the more you do--the more they ask you to do.
5) I don't wear a watch anymore--I have bells to tell me where I need to be.
6) Students have better cell phones than I do (and they don't have a job)!
7) I've learned NOT to forget my lunch money as schools don't have ATM's.
8) I don't care what scientists say, there is something about full moons and student behavior!
9) I never get a good night's rest because I KNOW there is something I forgot to do for tomorrow's lesson.
10) Spring is the longest part of the year--could it possibly go any slower until spring break????

p.s. I wouldn't trade it for anything--I LOVE my job!


JaJuan said...

GREAT BLOG!...I was smiling nodding my head in agreement to each thing you true , so true

joec said...

I agree with every one of your comments. It is amazing what we learn in the course of just a few months. The part about teachers working 9 months - any "real" teacher will laugh their @#$ off at that.

Trevor said...

This is a great blog #'s 4 & 7 stand out for me. My students always telling me how my phone is out dated. When I told them what I paid for mine they told me to change it and buy one for $300.00 like their's. For what reason?

Connie said...

Great blog, Gary! You are right on target!

Julie J. said...

These are great!