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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


In working on this project I have had an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned this year as well as life experiences. Many of these things we do without giving thought to them. When working on this I have found myself searching for improvements. Past experiences are often working habits. In my trade, bad habits have to go or time is lost, or perhaps worse. I constantly worked at time management, and procedures. At this point in life, changing professions was scary early on. However recently I have come to terms with this decision and have become comfortable with this. In doing so reflection is needed to achieve a goal as before. To me just learning the ropes will not make me comfortable. I expect excellence of myself, and my students deserve my best. My best will come when I find a stride in this new field. The portfolio project raises many bars, the counseling project many more. Looking inward is often uncomfortable to many. Who can honestly fool themselves? As I look at my students achieve, I also want to move foward. Many of these standards should be life goals for all of us. I have enjoyed the challenge so far, and hope I find the stride in this, that I achieved in my former life. I say this because the challenges of this profession is a life challenge.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Ken, I like you comment about inward reflection being uncomfortable. This is interesting because educators are constantly trying to stretch the minds, opinions, and views of our students. Yet, as adults we sometimes refuse to do the same. Sometimes we tend to down play our achievements as well. Where we praise our students, we do not want recognition for ourselves. The portfolio should reflect some of our best work. We should be proud of it and share it with others. Pride and passion for what we do should be evident in our work both inside and outside of the classroom.