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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, February 12, 2009

Gerald on Portfolio

It sometimes is good to look back as to where we have been and the many changes that we have had in our career. In looking at my resume, it brought back quite a few memories. It reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Less Taken," and you want to ask yourself what if. How any small changes or any small incidents could have led down a different pass all together. I think by doing a portfolio and keeping it up to date is a real good marketing tool. I have just looked over one of our teacher's portfolio from Western Michgan University, it is very impressive and I can see have it could be used to market oneself. I also believe if we have our students to do one, it might encourage them to try harder and apply themselves better. They might ask themselves, is this what I want to show my future employer? As for me, this is next to my last career change and I am difinitely not looking forward to the last one even though I will have no control over it.


Dr. J said...

It will be very pleasant singing with the choir! Dr. J.

Vincent said...

I agree with you blog.

Ken Blackwell said...

I understand completely about reflection. Timelines when our children were young. This was a good jumpstart at looking inward, we need to do this often. We ask our students to achieve, and I believe we would do them a disservice if we did not do the same. There is always room for improvement, and I see a lot of this (room) for myself. I, like you am not looking foward to the last job change, but we have to move over sometime. These youngsters will be grown at that time and ready for their challenges. If we meet our duties they will be prepared.

Jessie H said...

Here's link to the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, that Gerald mentions in this post.

RS said...


Well put! You provide much encouragement and inspiration for all of us to reach a little further. Keep the light shining.