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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

Vocation to Teacher?

The reason I went into teaching is for several reason. I drove a special needs bus for 17 years and my boss told me that I would make a good teacher. At that same time I was policing full time. I had one outlook about juveniles (the butt system) You need to beat their#$$ and we would not have the problem we have today. Years later I left the road (policing) and went to work as a resource officer. One of my assist principal came to me and ask if I would be interested in teaching. This was weird when I had heard this sometime ago. I told her that I would think about it. I waited two years before I committed myself. I wondered to myself what do I have to offer the students? Maybe I could change the the butt system, or I could keep some kids from going to jail or prison. I did sign my contract.


Shane C. said...

Thats a great state of mind to be in. The youth of the nation need all the help they can get.

joec said...

While there is still a need for the "butt" system, my views have changed a little since I swapped professions. Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether a student needs another chance or a "beat-down". ( Only a good brow-beating of course).

Stacy P. said...

I agree in the "butt" system, but it is very hard to decide when they really need the "butt" or to give them another opportunity.