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 1, 2009

Journey to Master Teacher

When I first took a look at the blog, I decided to research what makes a person a master teacher. According to various sources, a master teacher is one who connets with their students, colleagues, parents and community on a leadership level. Master teachers have effective teaching methods and take advantage of challenging situations. I believe with the information I received through NTI, along with my own successes and failures I can begin to consider achieving master teacher recognition in the near future.

Recently I had the opportunity to see a success manifest by one of my student's achievements. My region recently held our Skills USA region championships this past friday. I had the honor of having one of my students place second in the carpentry competition and will move on to compete in the state competition. I felt so proud of my student and melted when I heard his name called. He was so excited and had the biggest smile on his face when he went to receive his medal. That moment made all of the things that I have dealt with disappear. If the steps to reaching master teacher are going to include moments like that, I'm all in. I look forward to being apart of his state competition and adding that to another one of my teachable moments.

1 comment:

Riley said...

I think that it is really good that you took the time to research what a master teacher "looks" like. It is good to get a perspective on something before commenting on it. It is really important to connect with your students. I don't think that one can be a good teacher without connecting with his students. Congratulations on your victory at Skills USA. I know how you feel. There is nothing better than seeing the look of accomplishment on the student's face. Good luck at state.