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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?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy

This week has been a good week overall. After having my consultation on Saturday, I fixed one of my headaches that I have had with keeping track of all of the different grades that I had involved in the employability grade. It still may not be perfect but it definitely works better than before. So that is the first thing that went well this week.

Then on Wednesday I had my observation with Mrs. Greene which went really well. She had a few minor suggestions but nothing major to be fixed. The great thing is that I had told my class that I was being observed but that I wanted them to act like they normally did. They are not a bad class but they can act up quite a bit too so I wanted them to act normal. Well, they did so she was able to see me in action. I am excited for her to come out next time because I have arranged for her to come during my most "challenging" class and while they are doing a lab. I feel that she will have quite a bit more feedback that time.

Then on Thursday, I had the best day I have had so far as a teacher. My day began very busy because I had fundraiser stuff to sell, setting up for a beverage catering, and having ROTC use my kitchen to cook some food for field day. I like when things are busy especially if they go well. Then my 1A class came in and took their safety test which they must make 100% on to be able to cook. Majority of them did make the 100 which makes me soooo happy. I then went grocery shopping during my planning period for my 3rd block to do composed salads. I bought some odd ingredients for high school kids but encouraged them to try them. I gave each group vinaigrette to make and then they had to prepare a composed salad with ingredients that matched that vinaigrette. They were so creative and began thinking on their own rather than just doing what someone told them to do. Their salads were beautiful and many of them tried things that they had never even heard of.

Then last I had competition team tryouts after school. I had 6 students tryout and I only need 5 but I decided to take all 6 and told them that the best 5 will compete. This will make it competitive before the competition which will hopefully give me the best of the best. They all did such a great job. I have a great mix - 3 boys, 3 girls, sophomores and juniors so none will be leaving me next year.

Yay for a good week. Now we must pray for next week which will be the second time the Intro students will be in the kitchen.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Ginger - your post made my day and hopefully more of your NTI colleagues will read and get a kick as well. I imagine you will start having more and more days and weeks like this one, even with your Intro students. Keep us posted!

Randi said...

Hey Ginger I am so happy that your week went so well!!! I hope this week is as good!