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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?

Sunday, March 22, 2009


The most important thing I have learned about working with my school administrator in the past year is that he lives and breathes his job. I have the privledge of working at the school where my youngest daughter is a junior and my oldest daughter is a special needs para-professional. I am constantly going to different after school functions and I always see our principal, Mr. Hampton at these functions. He supports and cheers the students at sporting events, band competitions, chorus and drama productions as well as when tragedy strikes. My daughter had a student die from a syndrome he had and Mr. Hampton was there. He helped with a memorial service where a tree was planted, he also helped with the reception for this very special student. Then when they announced that all part time positions would be done away with for the next school year, he called me into his office to let me know that I should not worry. That my position was different and that not only would I have a job next year, but that i would be full time. I have a great deal of respect for this man and love working at Central in part because of his respect for his staff and students.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Jayna - you are fortunate to work for such a professional - and congratulations for moving to full time next year! You deserve it - your principal recognizes your talents and wants to see you involved with more students. Good for you and keep up the good work!

RS said...


Your identificaton of the school adminstrator could not be more correct. No matter the time of day the school is on their mind and they are always a phone call away. Congratualtions on going Full Time, You are a great teacher.



Amy M said...

Jayna, you are right about Mr. H. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be here right now. He gave me a chance when nobody else would. And yes, he is EVERYWHERE! I don't get to go to many extra-curricular activities, but when I do, he's always there. He may not be the most loved, or fun-loving principal, but he supports his teachers and cares for his students.