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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?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Dreaded Evaluation

Ok. I will have to admit, I didn't realize that I was going to get this freaked out. I know a lot of you were begging to have Dr. Montrois, but I will tell you I was not looking forward to having anybody. Just like all of you, I love my job, but I totally feel covered up and lost at times. This week we had our fall break. I was crazy enough to schedule my visit on the day we came back from break. I so freaked out about this visit that I woke up about every thirty minutes and finally decided to stay awake when I woke up at 5:00 am. I got to school early. I was trying to make sure everything was in place and ready to go. But, wouldn't you know it, I left my PowerPoint at home so I was left trying to recreate something for Dr. Montrois. There were other issues that happened that morning. I normally do live morning announcements which I had figured into my lesson plans and wouldn't you know it, the principal decided not to do them that morning because we were having PSATs. For some reason, I am a horrible creature of habit. This probably bothered me more than not having my PowerPoint. I felt lost. I didn't know how to start the class. I even did roll wrong. I happened to muddle through teaching what I had prepared for and the whole time I could see in my students' eyes, "Who is the substitute we got today? He looks a lot like Mr. Maynard." If there was any day I ever wanted to run out the back door and act like I had never been there, it was yesterday. Dr. Montrois was great to me. Like a stern father, he didn't let me get away with anything, but he sure had a way of making feel like it was all going to be alright. So, here's to hoping that my next evaluation goes a whole lot better!


ZELDA said...

Dr. M got me too.I thought it was my dad without a tan he let me have it with some good advice.

Dr. M said...
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Dr. M said...

Hi, Dwayne - it was an interesting day, wasn't it . . . but not that bad. And Zelda - you are too funny! Keep after it, you'all!

Dr. J said...

Okay Guys - just hurt me. So nobody wanted me to come see them? I really could use some feedback as to "why?"

Scott said...

What a great way to describe Dr. M. Dwayne I am sure you did a fantastic job! The words that keep ringing in my ears are that they are not looking for perfect teachers! If they were I should have quit in June. Keep up the good work...