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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?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Learning about Administrators

The most important thing I've learned about working with my school administrators in the past term/year is that they are really supportive. I have had several issues during this school term that have required administrative involvement. First of all, our program is being moved from our current location to merge with a high school, not originally intended for career technology. My administrator is a first year principal and is unfamiliar with some aspects of my program. However, she has visited my classroom frequently and has sought information to effectively expedite this move. Everything I have needed she has provided including background checks that were required by our nursing facility. She has been our advocate even though she will not be our administrator next school year. She also has allowed administrators from Cross Keys to come in and observe our classrooms so that they too are becoming familiar with our programs. I am a bit anxious about this move and her support has really served to lessen that anxiety. Administrators do a lot!


Dr. M said...

Hi, Delores - good to hear of their support, especially in your time of change. Hopefully your new administrators will quickly recognize the quality of your program and do what is needed for you to succeed at Cross Keys. The students there will surely benefit from the addition of your program and I expect to hear that you will soon be well established and thriving there. Keep us posted.

ConnieB said...

You sure do keep up with the ball being in the air and tossed around so much. I too have found that when administration gets in the classroom and sees what our programs are all about, they are very supportive. I have had administrators say that they know how important CTAE classes are because students look forward to them and enjoy them in relation to all the required english, history, math, etc. You do so well with all the wrenches thrown at you. Congratulation on handling it all!