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3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
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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've learned about working with my school administrators in the past term/year is . . . "

The most important thing I've learned about working with my school administrators in the past term/year is that when it comes to the students and teachers you need to do what you say you are going to do. Whether you are holding students and/or teachers accountable or rewarding them for an outstanding job well done, you need to make sure you follow through on what you have said will take place. Adolescents follow more of what we do than what we say. If there are school and county rules that need to be upheld and they are not then that sends a message to the students that rules are meant to be broken. Likewise if you have teachers that have poor classroom management and/or poor teaching habits without any consequence then you continue to invite disorder and conflict into the school. On the other hand, students and teachers that are doing the right thing deserve to be congratulated and not left to bear the blanketed consequences of the few that are upholding the responsibilities and duties.

I have also learned that everything you say and do with a fellow teacher, student or parent needs to be documented. Issues that are represented in black and white are difficult to dispute and protect all parties involved. And when these issues are documentes your administration needs to kept in the loop so that they are not broad-sided by the issue at a later time. I have learned that administrators are not perfect and that it is okay to express your opinions about issues in an effort to resolve them and improve the instructional environment.

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