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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, March 16, 2009


I have learned quite a bit about working with administrators this year. The first is that I need to be flexible, which I don't always like doing. However, I have been asked to do tasks without really knowing why, but in the end find out that it was just a small piece of a larger puzzle. My principle is quite a visionary and it's taken me until this year to recognize this. I just thought he was flighty but now realize that he is a very wise man. I also feel the freedom to voice this and know that he would appreciate my opinion without judging me, a really nice feeling. The second is that we must ALL work together as a team for the benifit of our school and its students. Our administration does a good job of seeking the faculties input and will listen when we voice a realistic concern. And last, professionalism is recognized and respected. This goes both ways. I think I am one of the lucky ones.

1 comment:

andrea strommen said...

I agree with you about that we all have to act as a team. If my administrators didn't think I was a good teacher, they probably wouldn't back me up in a bad situation with a parent or student. I have several principles at my school, and they all have their own ideas. I have noticed over my 2 years at this school, how to figure out which principle gets the job done. There are some teachers that can't seem to ever get a guest speaker approved to come visit, but I've always been told yes. I feel fortunate that my immediate supervisor seems to agree with a lot of what I do. I still struggle with how to spread out tests, and assignments, but I'm still supported. I don't think I would be a willing to volunteer for game duties the way that I have been if I wasn't supported at my school.