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?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Finally... Open Mic Night

So... the end of the semester approacheth. This is as good a time as any to reflect on my experiences this year. I would say that it has been interesting. I detailed my administrative issues in earlier blogs and now there is the impending demolition of my classroom and the temporary relocation to a regular classroom. But... I still have 6 weeks to figure out what I am going to do about that. The main thing I have to blog about is my growth.

I feel that I have matured greatly this year, both professionally and personally. On a professional level, I have learned more about classroom management and I have proven to myself, that I can manage a group of high school students. This has lead to greater sense of pride in what I do and an overall confidence boost in my role as a high school teacher.

Personally, (and this may sound familiar) I have learned to appreciate my time more, especially my time with family. While we have not yet welcomed our firstborn to the world, the pregnancy has afforded me the opportunity to evaluate my priorities. I just feel that my time and my time with family are more important than any job.

I have also decided that teaching broadcast video production is the best possible way I can work with students and still get to practice my passion, making videos.

This has been a very good year.

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