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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?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Work Ethics

I'm curious to know how many of you have been told that you have to "re-vamp" your work ethics rubrics and policies because "you cannot punish a child academically for a behavioral issue"? Also, how can you grade work ethics without double jeopardy? This is a new one for me and they are reiterating it pretty hard this year.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Well, today was my first day of school with students and it went surprisingly well! It's amazing how much better my days go now that I've had NTI. Have a great year!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

All Advice Appreciated!!!!

I have been attending the GACTE conference and today was our session day. I attended the HOSA 101 segment and received some interesting information that I would like to bounce off of all of you ("old" and new!). It has been *strongly suggested* that when I make my syllabus (which is due on Friday...yes I have already started pre-planning!) that I put a notice on there that *all* students who take my class must be HOSA members and therefore, pay the dues. This came from another HSTE teacher but was STRONGLY backed up by Allen Seigler.

For those of you who did not attend GACTE, please be aware that the state is making a multitude of changes in our CTSO's. Be sure to spend some time talking to your state person and look at your state website so you don't miss out on anything.

I will say, (and I think that Connie and Tracey will back me on this) that this was the most DISORGANIZED mess of a conference I have ever seen. It's a shame that the state people who (dis)organized all of this are more concerned about collecting money for a conference than ensuring that room sizes are appropriate and that the environment is suitable. Obviously, they didn't ever have NTI.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SkillsUSA National Competition

Thanks to all for starting up the blogging again.
I spent a week in Kansas City for skills competition .We came back with 2 silvers and 4 fourth places. I think that was great seeing we only have our students for one year while most of the other schools has their students for a period of 4 years.
Are we still on open mic?