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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, April 12, 2009

Open Mic

Hello Bloggers.

What a year.  And....its not even over.  Like Josh Dempsey this has been quite the year and more recently quite the experience with our first child on the way.  Pregnancy adds a whole new twist to life, to teaching, to priorities, EVERYTHING!  Things that seemed important are definitely now on the back burner and things like nursery colors, strollers, outlet covers, and pack n plays are now the center of our life.  By the way - the baby is not due till May 26.  That gets me out of post planning!  :)  But all that to say that teaching is a universal concept.  I teach students how to draw, how to make things, how to design, how to give a presentation - how to become a professional.  Every day they learn something new to add to their toolset.  And I am right there with them.  I have learned more this week (we did A LOT of shopping, registering, etc this week while we were off) about "boppys," burping pads, "onesies," and all kinds of other baby stuff.  Like our posts from a couple weeks ago - you're never too old to learn something new.  I have a better feel for my students feelings now when they give me the "what is that" or "I don't get it" looks.  I think I did that a lot at our most recent trip to Babies R Us.  The rest of this year will be a true test of my ability to manage my time, prepare for the unexpected, and to study up on parenthood.  Can't wait.  Josh and I may have to start a new blog for new dads and our funny experiences!


Michael said...

I understand I am in the club as well but I have chosen not to paint the nursery but just decorate it. Have you put the changing table and crib up yet??? Going to be fun, We're not due until june 6 so I may be at post planning.

Amy M said...

Look at all you expectant DADS! So proud! I'm so glad I'm done with having babies!

Joe Westbrook said...

Start a new blog!!