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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, March 18, 2009


The most important thing I've learned about working with my school administrators in the past term/year is . . . If you take care of them, they will take care of you.

This statement was said to me during my first week of pre-planning during my first year as a teacher. The head of the fine arts department told me that if I commit to this job and give my best effort, it will be noticed by my administrator. He knew how she operated, and was right! It is easy to sit back and see that who does their job and who does not is directly related to how they are treated by administration.

I have re-learned this lesson this semester. Our economy has put us all in a bind financially. Administration will fight for the teachers who work hard daily when the issues arise in the areas of contracts, extended day pay, material funds, etc. I have learned that if you show your superiors that you are actually doing your job, they appreciate you and will be the first to have your back.


Josh said...

True that... double true.

I know what you mean about this, but I have such a hard time playing the game sometimes.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Brandon - right to the point, especially about doing a great job and thereby earning 'favor' from administration. They should always want to keep and protect their good teachers, if they are interested in their students as they should be. Good points.