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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, December 1, 2008


I am truly thankful for the opportunity to teach. I remember a few years ago how it was working in the "real world". I looked forward to my two weeks off a year, with a few holidays thrown in the mix. I sometimes hear chatter from fellow teachers who state their displeasure with their job. I have to watch out and not align myself with their way of thinking, or I too could become ungrateful for what I have. The time off makes up for all the stress that goes with the job. I am having a blast!

"The more we have fun, the more we succeed."
-Tom Ehlers

I must not forget how it was before; going back to work on December 26th, or not having a full week off at Thanksgiving, or not having a summer break at all... How can I not be thankful for teaching?


Erika Kitchens said...

Well said.

Amy M said...

I can't even imagine going back to working year-round. I wish my husband could teach too so we can have more vacation time together. Too bad he stinks at teaching...

Dr. M said...

Hi, Brandon - great quote - how true!

All of us who worked in the 'real world' should have an extra appreciation for the benefits of a teaching career, even with all the challenges. Your perspective is right-on.