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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, November 27, 2008


I have spent some time wondering how I came to be in my new position. It started as a favor, went to part time, to being offered a full time position where I presently reside. It was quite a sequence of events, my wife feels it was a calling. I must admit there certainly was a driving force. I had considered a change in field, but had not considered this one. The challenge, and change of mindset has been huge. I am enjoying the change dispite the long hours, the rewards are not as obvious, but require a different scale to measure them. I am truly blessed to have a staff at school such as I do, a family that is supportive, and of course good friends. I am also fortunate to have a support group in all of you. Knowing that you have seen it through, gives others such as myself strength that I too will succeed. This is a whole new world, so much planning to do with so little in our tool bags. It does seem that practice and time heals our shortfalls. I hope all enjoy their holidays, and that we all continue to be blessed. Those that receive great support, and those that do not may find it somewhere. Happy holidays, Ken


Joe Westbrook said...

I have also spent some time thinking about the total change this past year in our lives and careers. You go for years without making those life changing moments, and when it happens you wonder why. The why has me puzzled. It came from the same source as yours, from Someone who guides our fates. Read my post and you will get some idea of the support team behind my change and thanksgiving. I have celebrated several Thanksgivings already this year. You and I are on the same track. the similarities are amazing.

andrea strommen said...

We have similarities in classroom management issues and how we came in to our positions. I have enjoyed going to NTI with other teachers that are teaching my same subject. It helps to have people that are struggling with the same things, and also to bounce ideas off of for lesson plans and labs activities. I hope your holiday was good, and you enjoyed your time off from school!! Happy Thanksgiving.