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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 16, 2008

Week of March 10

I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. My week was going well (had a b'day on the 11th) until we get an email from the county Career Tech Director advising us that we will be having a 5 year audit. I am sure she knew about this audit 5 years ago. Now she is sending out all of this paperwork that needs to be complete by May. For some, this is going to be a task because she is also asking for a teaching portfolio. Thank God for NTI because that is one item out of the packet I will be able to provide. I am so frustrated because they knew this was coming and just decided to let someone know. Then she wants to threatened people AGAIN that if they don't attend the summer GACTE conference, then you will not be eligible for extended day. Well, I am sure that extended day is more than the conference, mind you, I have 6 classes and a CTSO to show for it. Oh, she wants to make sure that you spend your own money to join GACTE. This is getting ridiculous. I think a school system can use perkins funds to pay for membership. Can someone please let me know if this is true so I can put in a request?


Stacy P. said...

I think joining a professional organization is our personal/professional responsibility. It would be great if they would pay for it, but if they will not we such go ahead and pay for it ourselves. At my place of work (or what some {including myself} would call my place of work--HELL on earth), My boss paid for all of us (3) to be memebers the first year, but this year he would not support me (1). Do they have the money? YES. What it kill them to pay for us? NO. So, Why not? Only God knows! However don't let that issue keep you from doing want is best for you and your profession. SP

Stacy P. said...

Correction Would it kill them to pay for us?

Julie J. said...

Mortissa, my school system paid for my first year. They did this because they realized that I may not have the money to join since I was just getting into the profession. After that, I've been on my own. You can count it on your taxes as a professional expense though.
I believe it is money well spent (as long as they are not embezzeling it) and I get a lot out of the professional organizations I belong to (at least those in nursing).
We also had our 5 year audit my first year of teaching. Just think of it as an inspection of some sort and that they are not out to get your job but to give you some constructive criticism on what you can work on. I got A LOT of great information, especially since it was my first year and I didn't have NTI behind me yet.