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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 30, 2008


I have just returned from a week long trip to Chicago and back to be with family for Thanksgiving. I'm grateful that I have a teaching job that allows me this privilege. Vacation time, time to be with family, is a big reason I saught out this job and I am thankful I was given the opportunity to get this type of job. I also had to bring papers to grade and I really put it off to the last moment. I first graded my level ones and unfortunately their work was not great. It made me feel aggravated and stressed. Then I began to grade my level 2 papers. What a difference. Format was great, content was excellent. I'm not sure, but I may be seeing the fruits of my labor. The level two students know my expectations, have written papers for me before, and it appears that learning has occurred. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to be helpful to someone. That is what I have always wanted to do. It was easier to see the help I was doing when I was working as a nurse. Teaching is very challenging to me in many aspects and I admit that I am still struggling with this age group and whether it is right for me. I am thankful for a job that works best for my family, which was my main goal. I am thankful for the opportunities teaching has given me to expand my experience and to share the knowledge I am passionate about. I am thankful for the great mentors who have gotten me this far. I do believe that all things happen for a reason so I know that there is a purpose in me teaching this age group. I am thankful for this experience and I just need to be patient to see how it will all play out.

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