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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?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What I have learned from My School Administrators

I have learned a lot from my Administrators since I have become a teacher in a public high school. My basic philosophy, knowledge, and technique for teaching has been greatly influenced by my Administrative Team as well as the team at NTI. Their ability to apply rules and regulations fairly within a diverse culture has been helpful. They are able to navigate situations and conflict in a way that is successful for all. I have observed them resolve situations in a way that provides positive learning and growth for all. As I watch them handle these problems on a day to day basis, I am able to incorporate their problem solving skills into mine.

The Administrators have a deep understanding of the problems and needs our students have, such as issues from home, our culture, their peers and society in general. They are excellent at multi-tasking wearing many hats at one time dealing with contrasting and conflicting issues. They are stretched as they deal with the increasing changes and challenges at school from, class size, rules, procedures, community relations, finances, curriculum, standards and student success with more being added to this list each year. In spite of all these stressors my Administrators are very supportive and helpful and are great examples for their profession. Even though I do not deal with the same problems that the Administration deals with, just knowing what they do and how they deal with these challenges helps me become a better teacher. I feel very lucky to be part of this Team.



Dallas,J said...

Ron, I agree. It seems no matter what the problem they always seem to have the answers. I guess thats why they are where they are.I always have an out at my school, my SEVLT's are wonderful and will listen no matter what. There has not been a problem or an issue yet that we have not been able to handle with ease.I hope maybe one day I will be that person a teacher can depend on to find an answer.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Ron - it would be nice if your administrators read what you wrote as it is thoughtfully detailed and would encourage them I'm sure as they deal with their challenges. I know you have let them know how much they are appreciated and I like that you mention how their actions and solutions have influenced your approach as well. Thanks for a very good post!