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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?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankful CTAE Teacher

Just as Webster's meaning for Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for all of the Divine interventions that I have seen over the last year as a Teacher. I can truthfully say that teaching is a profession that you have to love and want to do or it can't be done. In the 2007-08 school year I started the school year out with nothing except a textbook and a room with 25 desks. There was no lab and certainly no equipment to give the students the hands on experiences they will need in the health care industry. Today I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to influence several students into seeking a career in the health care industry. I am thankful for the large new lab I now work in and the equipment I use to give my students real life experiences. We have a long ways to go before we get to the fully equipped health care science laboratory but I and my students are very thankful for what we do have at this point.

I am thankful and hopeful that through Divine interventions I will be able to continue this inspiring journey as a CTAE teacher. Teaching is a very rewarding and enjoyable position yet it is extremely exhausting at times. Sometimes finding the strength to continue in this position is difficult when you are sleepy and exhausted after preparing detailed lessons and grading stacks of papers. But when you take a moment to reflect back and when a parent at a PTSA meeting comes up and say my daughter really likes your class and is learning a lot, then a sense of satisfaction is felt in the midst of being exhausted and sleepy.

I am thankful for all of the wisdom and positive encouragement received from the NTI staff at Georgia State University. I am thankful for having the opportunity to meet my NTI classmates and for the opportunities we have had to share experiences with each other.


Ken Blackwell said...

I had the same experience this year with textbooks only, an empty lab and desks. The lab is comming together slowly but surely, I have a projector now with sound that comes and goes, but what a treasure! The savings in paper and ink is greatly appreciated as I had no supply money this year. It is exhausting work, time consuming, and the rewards though slow in coming, far outweigh my input. I have reached two students so far this year and I am working on others. I love the feedback from the majority and remember to catch as many as possible. This is one career you wont be criticized for being greedy. We catch as many students as we can, while others try to catch as much money as they can. This is about others or we would not be in this career. With work, support, and calling in favors, more can be done than one might think. I am still working on the last of my budget after five months. I have started calling friends and have accomplished more in a few hours with them than months with my budget. The establishment moves slow, seek outside help also. We also need a little contact with normal people. Remember how you used to think and feel? Happy Holidays to All! Ken

delores said...

Very nice testimony Brenda. I too share in some of the same situations of the "not haves". I do think,however, that all of this makes us more thankful in the end.