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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?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Teaching this week

This has really been a chaotic week to reflect on. It really only consisted of two days of productive time. I had to be an examiner for half the day Wednesday during the GHSG writing test. Surprised perhaps that one student did nothing for an hour and then frantically wrote for the second hour to be the last one to finish. However, not surprised because he was the only one who jokingly stated that he didn't plan on graduating (perhaps not a joke after all). I was then gone Thursday and Friday to attend the HOSA Fall Leadership Conference. I could have easily worried myself sick wondering if my students were going to behave but found the calmness not to over react to normal teenage behavior when other advisers jumped on kids the minute they appeared to be doing something wrong. Pleasantly surprised by the fact that my students said I was the best but then maybe I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they could be good and they were. What I am getting at is that I feel like I am a person who is rarely surprised in a good or bad way. I just don't get surprised very much. I think that is because I like to take things day by day and never assume anything about anything. To be surprised negatively usually means you put that person on a pedestal or didn't allow them to be human and falter. If you are surprised positively you may be limiting your view of the individual and or situation. We should always be prepared for things to work out opposite of what you expect or that people will at some point disappoint you. I am a realist. You hope for the best, expect the worst, and you are then usually happy with the in between you get.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I think that by emotionally staying in the middle, you will be able to keep a level head with your job. I tend to go into my job over positive and energetic. Sometimes this causes me to be disappointed by human failure and by education in general. Now that I am in my third year of teaching, I am still positive and energetic. I hope for the best, but I am not devastated by failure or the lack of realizing expectations. I have also discovered that everyone has a different philosophy about everything. I cannot expect them to view what I say from my perspective. They may interpret it differently than me. Clear communication has been key for me to have success and sanity with my job. Thanks for the input. Lori L.