Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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

What I Learned About My Administrators:

The most important thing I've learned about working with my school administrators in the past year is how much they have supported me and my program. I literally walked into a real mess last year , first as a substitute teacher, then as a first year teacher. The teacher I replaced had quit after four days. He had even attended NTI during the summer before he started. The teachers before were not qualified and could not do any labs. The teacher before that just played with students, shuffle board with brake drums and floor brooms. I knew I could not do this job without strong support. I have received lots of support, both from enrolling me in NTI, to purchasing updated tools and equipment, and establishing a professional Auto Tech program. Some students do test me some now, but they know that my bosses support me in everything.

The example that has been shown to me that has been the most helpful is using parental contact to correct behavior. Parents need the real deal and real communication from teachers. I have learned a lot by being able to sit in conferences with parents and administrators. The concern and support shown by my bosses is amazing. It has been a relief to know that they are aware of my needs and frustrations throughout the past year and to understand my student's needs and frustrations.
As I have grown more comfortable with this new career my administrators have given me more responsibilities. That, I guess, comes from being on the same page with them concerning their ideas and ideals about education and student safety. They are always very busy and emergencies come up at any second, but they do make time when needed for me. I am very happy with the support I have received.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Joe - having met one of your administrators I can tell you how fortunate you are, as he is very professional and supportive. Then, of course, he has recognized your talents as well and knows it is in his, and the students', best interests to keep you happy. Good post.