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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?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Doesn't take a rocket scientist....

to figure out why I left my former career. Between working 10 hours a day for the last 10 years of a dealership, plus operating my race engine shop for 3-6 more hours every afternoon and weekend....I was a little burnt out. I made really great money, but knowing what I know now, money isnt everything. I needed a way out, but I had too much experience to simply throw it away by switching fields. My career now allows me to pass on my knowledge and be in the field I want to be in without the backaches.

I signed my contract because I love it! Hell, Ive got 27 more contracts to sign! Might better get used to it. I will have my job until I'm ran off.


joec said...

There is little reason to think you will ever be "ran off". You are obviously are a master in your field, and you have the students best interests at heart. My hope for you is that your school atmosphere calms down so that your life will be a little easier.

Mortissa said...

I totally feel you about being burnt out. I was at a job where I wasn't going anywhere, they took everything from you and was never appreciated for the extra work you did. I realized early that the money wasn't everything, I needed some piece of mind. Now, I can't say I have piece of mind because of the kids always calling my name, but I feel much better. I used to have anxiety attacks about going to my previous job. It started out fun and after a while, I just out right dreaded it. I agree with Joe, there is little reason to think they will run you off.