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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


The most important thing I've learn about my administrators... Well, for starters, they have WAY too many duties and responsibilities! They are extremely busy all the time. I also know that my administrators like me. I feel a little undereducated when it comes to "how to handle parent/teacher meetings". I've had several meetings with upset parents, several have gone very sour very quickly. I felt "thrown under the bus" in a few of them. I don't understand some of the manipulative communicative tactics that the administrators have been coached/trained in. I'm young, and went to college for Automotive, NOT Education or Education Leadership. I feel that I'm in a disadvantage when it comes to meetings. I can admit, that my administrator was willing last year to give me "signals" when I should shut up. She's kicked me under the table, coughed, or fiddled with her earings. This year, I hadn't felt the need to do that, but maybe I still need some more work. I have some severely angry parents this year all of a sudden. My admin. told me she will back me, but I've got to "play the game" and make sure that I'm being perfect. I teach automotive, in a loud atmosphere, even when we aren't working on cars. A small female voice trying to communicate over 28 boys and a blower fan heater requires me to raise my voice. I feel a lack of support in that area. You can talk quiet as a mouse, but have a firm tone, and a student will say "Stop yelling at me". My response has been that if I was yelling, your ears would be ringing. I don't know how kids are being raised now days, but administrators seem to be bowing down to the parents, as if the parents now control the system. It is so frustrating.

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