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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?

Monday, March 31, 2008

Why become a teacher? Why stay?

Well, for me, this one is easy! And my short answer is I never DID actually leave my old profession!! I mean seriously, I still do all of what I did before: work in professional studios; work in my home studio; create music; record, edit & mix audio. I mean geez, I feel blessed for the fact that MY profession was brought to the high school level. I suppose it’s the kid in me, or, the future father in me that decided that working with juniors and seniors in high school could be I went for it. The bottom line here for me--and I feel that this SHOULD be true for all teachers when it comes to teaching a highly advanced, rapidly changing technological field--is that if I don't keep on "working in the industry" then I become obsolete to this kids literally, within years. My subject matter just simply CAN'T be taught from the sidelines and without doing it. Prime example: In our recording lab & studio, we are now officially running 4 different versions of our MAIN audio software, Pro-Tools v.6.9, 7.0, 7.3 and 7.4. And believe me ya'll, there ARE some 'major' differences between the two. So for me, that REALLY, REALLY keeps me on my toes. I find myself coaching one student on the multiple mouse clicks it takes to get something done in version 7.0, and verbally answering another student's question about a different version and a different-albeit shorter-series of steps! It truthfully lets me see where I've come from and how fast things change. Again, if I wasn't at home in my home studio doing all of these things every day then it would only be a matter of years that I become old news. I MUST keep my head in the industry or I could not do what I do in the classroom. So for me? I never did leave my "other gig," I just found a new way to merge the two!!

And as far as coming back to work for a new year? I TRULY LOVE WHAT I DO. I can honestly tell people (and I do, often) that I am getting more non-monetary rewards and good vibes back from this job more than any other. Of course, I still pursue my "dream job" of working for Lucas out at Skywalker Ranch and ILM....but other than that or mixing the next Platinum whatever, I'm here to stay. Of course, as long as I feel that my knowledge and age serve these kids 100%. Once I start to become "old news," I'll get out before I'm asked to leave! My main goal while I'm a teacher is to do right by the kids and once I feel that I'm not serving them, then it's "Crockett, out."

1 comment:

joec said...

Where do I sign up for your class? I am a true music lover - my taste is all over the board. However, I have no ear or talent whatsoever. I can barely play the radio. My guess is that you have kids lined up to the keno table trying to sign up! Your enthusiasm is obviously real; you can't fake it.