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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

Well...not only is today Easter Sunday (Happy Easter to those who celebrate), but it is also the last day of Spring Break. I have been moping around all day thinking of the many things that were on my "to do" list this week that did not get scratched off. I did, however, get the baby's room cleaned out, which was a major task marked off of my list. I am stressing about this upcoming week because I have three field trips. I am going to Jackson State Prison with a group of students on Tuesday and Thursday. Then on Friday, I will be at the Airport for the SkillsUSA State Conference. Whenever I am going to be out of the classroom that much, I always worry about the sub...Did I leave enough plans? Are my kids behaving? You know, that kind of stuff. Then, there is the fact that I have not started working on sub plans for my maternity leave. I am not sure why, but I have found this very difficult because I feel uneasy not knowing exactly when it will happen. I know the logical thing to do would be to make more than enough just in case. I think the reason I am finding it so difficult is because I do so many hands on activities in my room when I am there to monitor, but when I have a sub, I feel that their behavior will be altered due to them feeling as though they are getting "busy work."
I think I need to have a talk with them before I leave. But, then again, I also think at the high school age, it is very important for the substitute to establish his or her expectations with the class from the get go otherwise they will fully take advantage of any situation, (no matter how good they are when you are there) especially since it is the end of the year. I am sure it will all work out. It always does.

Man...I really needed to vent. Thanks for listening! Have a wonderful week.

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