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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?

Monday, November 3, 2008

New post

Well, obviously I am having some trouble keeping up with everything since I am a day late in posting on this blog site. I tried to log on last night, but technical difficulties prevented me from doing so until today. I am, overall, enjoying my new career as a teacher. I enjoy my students and my classes, the hours work well with my children's schedules and I have been using my planning time and early morning times wisely so I don't have alot of take home work. The only thing that I kind of do not like is that we have so many workshops we must attend. I am a club sponsor and extended day teacher, so I have workshops that I have to attend for that in order to gain points toward my annual club goal. Then I have the mandatory school related workshops that are required by my district. I am averaging about 2-3 days a month out of the classroom just for workshops. I know I am new to teaching, but alot of these workshops kind of overlap in their material. I am not complaining (too much) because I am blessed to have a good job that allows me and my children to afford the kind of life we live, but does the workshops slow down later on or do they stay pretty much the same? Just wondering. Thanks.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Shellee - that is a lot of time out of class for workshops and I am surprised they are having you do all that during class time. You may want to raise that issue as your students are not benefiting from you being gone that much.

In the future you will have to do yearly Professional Learning Units (PLU's), or whatever they call them now, to maintain your teaching certificate through continuing professional training. I think they require 20 hours a year of such training but most, if not all of that is after school or weekend activities.

Georgette said...

Hi Shellee, I understand your frustration with all of the workshops at school. I suggest that you talk to them because I'm not sure you should be involved in them, since you're in NTI. I suggest that you speak to your administrator and make sure you should have the PLU that they're assigning to you. I was told that I would be exempt from a lot of it since I was in NTI.