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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

What I've learned about administrators...

The most important thing I have learned this year about my school administration is that consistency and support are so important.  I think we have a great admin team and they are all easy to approach with any issues, concerns, venting, etc.  I have taken the same approach as Brandon as far as trying to stand out and support them as much as possible so that when the time comes, they will help/support me.  I think a lot of teachers make the mistake of being afraid or not wanting to voice an opinion, concern.  I have found that honesty and being straight forward is valuable.  Building a relationship with all of them is important because they are in place to support the staff and the school, so why not talk to the people that are on your team?  I wish at times that our admin was more consistent with discipline, communication, and just following up on what is said.  I also wish our admin - and our staff - would really clamp down on certain issues that would make our school better.  I think too many people bend rules, don't enforce them, or don't care about character or teaching life skills.  That needs to change.  I also think that we as teachers don't always know what goes on in schools - what issues admin have to deal with that can totally make their day hectic or a nightmare compared to our one kid who won't stop talking.   I think if more teachers would talk to their admin they would be less hesitant or more understanding as to why they may not have a lot of patience at the moment or seem flustered, etc.   Building relationships is what its all about -  between you and the staff, custodians, admin, students, parents, etc.  Education is a team effort.


Leonard said...

I agree on some of the things you talked about, like the part of being a team. I feel teachers and administration should work together. At my school, our administration seems to want to micro-manage every thing. I understand they have a lot to deal with and my one student that will not stop talking is not that important. That one student does not really bother me either, but for some reason, it bothers our administration. They would rather me to have a construction class to appear like a library, quiet and no one walking around. I'm sorry , but there are more important things to worry about.

Joe Westbrook said...

I agree with everything you said. Good, strong communication is so vital. Some of our teachers do not enforce the same rules all of us are supposedly required to do. When administrators are not consistant or choose to bend the rules to often, then problems happen. Everyone has to be on the same page.