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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?

Friday, March 21, 2008


For those that can relate...I had to put our dog to sleep this morning(3/21/08)
I had an AKITA she was nearly 11 years old. She was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen last spring. The doctor only gave her a few months to live....well, a year later the cancer ran its course...and she started to show signs and symptoms. We prepared our kids a year ago, but reality hit them this daughter (8 years old) was devastated!..she cried all last night and woke up this morning son(12 years old) was a little more understanding until he had to physically lift her(my dog) into the truck...he immediately broke down..My wife has been crying for two days....sad, sad sad, time.
I've never had a pet this long and although I made my peace with the decisions a year ago I was still hurt to see my family take it soo hard.
Her name was GABANA, and she was an excellent pet!...the house will not feel the same without her!
This experience is a first for me......all my dogs ran away when I was a kid!


Jessie H said...


I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I can definitely relate. I have two dogs of my own that I adore, and my Boxer showing signs of aging. I can't imagine life without either of my "boys". I love animals in general, but I do think dogs are really special. They relate to humans, and we relate to them with strong emotional bonds. My thoughts are with you, your family, and Gabana.

Dr. J said...

Dear Jajuan, You and your family members have my deepest sympathy. There is no pain that I know that equates to losing a beloved family member. My sweet Caspar now has a new friend in Heaven. I hope they are running and jumping together - healed from the ailments that plagued them on earth. Dr. J.

Steven Vinsant said...

As much as I tease my wife about her two dogs - ex - I "hate" those dogs - I know that I will be completely devastated when the older one who is approaching 15 years old will either pass away from old age or will have to put to sleep because of some disease or cancer.

The younger one who just turned a year old - well I will pay someone to come get him!!!!!!! Just kidding - he of course is the "replacement" dog - just obtained before replacement was needed.

I feel for you!!!!!

joec said...

As much as I like giving you the "rib" sometimes, I do hate to hear stories like this. As my wife and I do not have children, our pets are our "babies". Both of my "pups" are not "pups" anymore. One has bad hips; the other is diabetic ( two shots per day). As "corny" as this may sound, I do feel your pain.

Toni said...


I can't speak from personal experience of loosing a pet, because, I have never owned a dog as an adult. What I can relate to as s achild is all of our dogs running away, so that was the size of it.

However, it ia heart wrenching to hear you speak about how devastated you family is over the lost of your dog. No words to say, but be strong for your family. The question now is do you get what Steve calls a replacement dog, or do you spare them fron having to endure such pain again?