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?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

We are "One" .....we are "Different"

As NTI comes to a conclusion, I have reflected soulfully as to whether my true calling is to teach or not. These last few months have provided me with ample time to carefully peruse over all your postings, bloggings, accolades, and ventings (mine included). What did I discover? We are all in the same boat, just different views from our seats. Some of us face backwards, always looking behind and ever wondering will we catch up. The enemy seems to be closing in on us.
Others have a front row seat and can't wait for the next turn in the course and have a full advantage and outlook that others cannot yet see. They see light in the near distance while others see the the encroachment of greying clouds and wonder if another downpour is on the horizen. But where some see darkening skies others see a sliver of light shining from behind the clouds.

What does all this mean..?? If you're in the back of the boat with those who see only the bad..switch seats next to someone who sees beauty in the clouds and restless seas.
PS I took my GRE today and made the score needed to get into Grad School!!

1 comment:

Ken Blackwell said...

It's funny you would reflect this late in the year. I did my reflecting the second semester. You of course are right about the blogs. They are up and down, left and right. I do not talk or hang with the negative at school. I like positive people with good outlooks. They have good advice, and don't become a draw on my energy. There is no time for the negative, my classroom deserves better. Our students pick up on everything. Leave it all at home on a bad day, and you will see a difference. Remember you are never alone if you associate yourself with positive people.