Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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

Making the change to Education..

My story is simple...MY WIFE PAINTED THIS WONDERFUL PICTURE OF HAVING SUMMERS OFF!!!!......Honestly that was the initial reason that influenced me to teach..Now this is coming from someone(wife) who was in the classroom already...
...I am proud to say that is not the only reason I TEACH NOW!...I love what I do....My teaching abilities were discovered through coaching....I was told by many people...wife included that I had a way of showing 'CLARITY' when dealing with youth....My first teaching job was in Special Education and it really made me learn to convey(often times difficult information) to kids that usually struggle with basic directions. I feel in LOVE with seeing kids "GET IT!" and the watching the lightbulb go off...
I left the classroom to work with Mental Health consumers(Still with the Board Of Education) within a month of that job I was placed in charge of Life Skills, Job Developing, and Interviewing techniques....It required alot of classroom time and I realized I miss teaching...
Four years later a Criminal Justice position was created in the County and My wife looked at me and I looked at I am in NTI getting certified!..LOL
I did sign my contract because I want to continue this career and I can honestly say that this is the most "fulfilling" job I have ever done....I LOVE what I gets hard and tedious at times, but I love the constant change and challenge......oh yeah the summers aren't that bad!!!!..HA!

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