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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?

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I am excited to participate in this portfolio project. I see the benefits of having an up to date professional portfolio. For example, if one day I would like to transfer schools, my prospective employer can see my professional qualifications before granting an interview. This is a great tool to possess.

For the past two years I have required my students to create a portfolio of their projects to satisfy their final exam/project. Now, since Jessie (and her awesome technological savvy) has introduced ePortfolios, I am converting to a digital portfolio this semester.

Etowah High School has a partnership with google, giving each student a professional email address ( Each student has access to the google platform and can use this technology to create an ePortfolio through Google Sites. I am anxious to see what these project will look like when complete. This semester is my learning curve. I hope to start next year with a clear idea of how to facilitate this activity/project to get a masterful final product.

We'll see how it goes...



Dr. M said...

Hi, Brandon - very interesting about the Google relationship and it will be fun to see how your students' projects turn out - I'll bet we will be surprised at the quality.

And your post looks quite professional as well!

delores said...

I like this idea Brandon, I think it is worth a try with your students. I would like to keep in touch with you to see how it works out. I might try the same thing with my next class. This will give me some time to perfect my ability to troubleshoot for my students. Awesome....keep up the good work, I know your students appreciate you.

Amy M said...

I think that your school has a partnership with Google is a fantastic idea. Google has become such a useful tool in school with so many options, students can't help but benefit from it. I would be very interested in learning how to develop such a partnership for my school. Especially for my students in Broadcasting who are often required to contact teachers/administrators and outside sources about video projects or setting up interviews. Having such a professional email address boosts your credibility.

Erika said...

Brandon, You rock!!!

Taylor said...


I think you are a great educator and am thankful for knowing and learning from you. You keep all of us on our toes with your enery, enthusuasm and ability to quickly put into play the things that we are learning in class. I think the professional email addresses are a great idea (teaching of social skills)and I hope the students will appreciate the benefits of having them. Maybe once you are done with the trial run in your class you can introduce the concept to the rest of the staff and student body. Good luck and keep us posted.