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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 1, 2009

Master Teacher...

Well, never really thought of myself being or becoming a master teacher any time soon. I figured that title was only for teachers that had been teaching for over 20 years. Well, considering I got New Teacher of the Year last year, I would say I'm on my way. This school year am noticing more students raving about my class. I am now noticing more and more teachers at the school telling me about my automotive students talking about how much they love my class. My repeating (2nd and 3rd year) students are listening to me more and are actively engaged during class. I am also finding myself lately to be a little less stressed out. Last year I was a stressful mess, so, I suppose I'm learning to not take things personally finally. This is my third year teaching automotive. I taught music for a few years at a private school. Public schools are totally different. I feel that each year I am teaching, I am growing and learning how to read people better. When I was at the private school, I wasn't burdened with paperwork and I actually had time to work with students one-on-one and learned how to speak to students to get the response that I wanted. I guess years of working in an automotive shop with a bunch of guys has changed that perspective in me. I feel like I am getting some of it back though.


bernardo said...

Hi Andrea,

I enjoyed reading your post. I also discovered that life is a little less stressful when you can see a difference being made. I think it says a lot when other teachers are expressing how students are enjoying the class that you are teaching. Sometimes it is good to hear these types of stories because many new teachers are not recognized for their work.

Keep up the good work and look for more accolades to come your way.


Dallas,J said...

I thought the same thing. As an automotive teacher I never thought of even becoming a master teacher. I always considered myself just good getting my certification much less being master teacher. I have gotten my masters in ASE but I don't think that counts.