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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, November 9, 2008


This is the best job I have ever had. I hear many complaints from other teachers about the difficulty of students. But, difficulty is all relative. I think that we are fortunate to have been in the "other working world" and then teach as opposed to going straight into education. I feel like I am making some difference in someone's life. In my previous job really did not feel rewarding as this. The reward is instantaneous when you see that the student is grasping what you are teaching. Let's not even discuss the amount of time off that we get as teachers. In previous jobs that I have had, taking more than one week off was really stretching it. I really could not even enjoy the vacation. But teaching is has given me more opportunities to relax than any other jobs than I have had. If done correctly, I rarely or ever take my job home. Unlike my previous jobs, taking your work home was mandatory!


paulette said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you regarding having the opportunity to work with the students and feel we are making a difference in someone's life. I was out yesterday and happen to run into one of my students who had graduated last year. The students face lit up when they saw me couldn't wait to share how they were doing. It is hard to put into words what a moment like that means. It was very special. You are also right on regarding the time we have off. It is wonderful to be able to spend time with your family and friends during the various holidays.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Willie - bullseye! You are fortunate, and appreciative, of having been in industry, so you are right-on when you compare teaching to your previous career. The rewards in teaching are wonderful if you see them for what they are. Great posting and well said! That goes also for Paulette's comments and how great was that for her to run into a successful former student!

You'all have earned your time off and I know you and your families will enjoy with a special sense of appreciation.

Joe Westbrook said...

We all like to complain sometimes about some things that are beyond our control. We all have our problems, but I agree with you about the rewards. After my father and service manager retired after they worked for 40 and 35 years in our business, it left only me. Vacation? Only a rare long weekend during the past 8 years. The longest time away from my business was when my wife had major surgery at St Joseph's in Atlanta 7 years ago. I stayed and slept on a cot for 5 days with her. What a vacation! The stress level is gonna be lower now, I have real vocation time now because she is in education now. Retail may be glamorous, but time off was non-existant. Sick days? Nope. I was lucky. I had not missed a day from work for me being sick for twenty years until I started teaching last fall. I got the flu even after the flu shot. But I was paid, and a sub replaced me. What a difference!