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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?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Developing as a teacher

The last two weeks have been very rewarding. I have been working in several areas with students in county and state competitions. Our students have won several first places,and in robotics they won the county, state, and region, and two of the robotics groups will be going to the world competition. I am the first teacher arriving at school, so I keep the cafeteria at which time I am able to tutor students every morning. It is very rewarding when the students wrote in the school annual that Mr. Cagle does everything for us. I look on teaching not as a profession, but a calling. I had a long and good career, and being able to teach to me is being able to give something back. It is wonderful every morning to have something to go to that you thourghly enjoy and to have students that mean so much to you. When going on field trips and introducing students to a world that they didn't know existed is so rewarding. We have just finished field trips to Sea Island and to Georgia Tech's nanotechnology lab. The nanotechnology lab at Georgia Tech just blew the students away.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Gerald - your post has blown me away as well - congrats on the competition success and being mentioned in the annual - all pretty special. Thanks for sharing.

RS said...


I like your reference to teaching being like a calling. It is for sure that our successes are more rewarding than our pay checks. To be able to share our knowledge and experience, then to be able to learn from the students also keeps us young.

After reading about your robotics program I would like an opportunity to come and visit your school. We are hoping to bring these kinds of programs to our school. Your young and creative programs are what our schools need.