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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?

Saturday, March 15, 2008


I am really getting tired of the seniors right now. They have just decided that they are finished and they do not want to work anymore. I think a lot of them think that no matter what, since they have come this far, that they are not going to fail. They just think that we are going to pass them through. We were told that right now we have about 80 seniors that are failing at least one class and that they will not graduate if they do not make up the work. I hve one that is failing because he will not turn in his work and take a missed test. I gave him an opportunity to take his make up test while I had a sub. I had arranged for him to go to a quiet class and take the test because my class was working on a project while I was gone. The sub left me a note saying that she told him to go and take the test and he said that he will just come back that afternoon and take it. He didn't. I called his mom and she was so appreciative that I called her. She said that he had told her that he had made up all of his work. He will not graduate if he fails my class. It wears me out. I know that it is not my responsibility to make sure that they make up their work, but I find myself worrying about it. I consantly stay on them. I can see how after a while teachers just give up because you just get tired. I'm not going to give up. I 'm going to stay on their rear ends until they get sick of hearing it and will do the work just to make me shut-up.


Esther said...

is this what I have to look forward to next year!! Luckily we don't have seniors this year just some apathetic juniors.

Shane C. said...

Its called senioritis. Didnt you learn this in medical training? hahahaha

joec said...

Good luck! Do not let them drive you nuts; you have family for that.Seriously, there is only so much you can do. One suggestion - send a few notes home with a request for a parent conference. Even if you do not want the conference, it might help to wake the students up.