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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 31, 2009


This week I had the privilege of spending two days with other CTAE instructors from across the state at the New Teacher Workshop in Macon, GA. I had the opportunity to speak candidly with the Executive Director of HOSA, Allan Seigler as he shared his wealth of knowledge and support. Then it happened, everything that I have learned over the summer, the interactions with the students, and the classroom activities finally came together for me. I suddenly realized how to incorporate my class into HOSA and allow the class to run more fluently. I have the privilege of having Ms. E.C. Chillis as an evaluator and supporter in my class. After viewing my class she stated "you are working too hard". I pondered that and tried to figure out how to adjust the recommendations that she suggested. As a result, I made changes to incorporate her recommendations but it still didn't feel---just right. After the New Teacher Workshop it happened. I had an "Ah-hah" moment and I shared that with Ms. Chillis. This morning I spent approximately 20 minutes developing an email to select students that have exemplified leadership in the classroom and defined specific class activities that I would like for them to develop in class. The students have the tools required to develop the activities because we have spent a significant amount of time developing those skills. I am excited as I am sure that the students will be to undertake this new opportunity. I can't wait to share with all of you the energy and success that Allen spoke about when describing the HOSA classroom!

1 comment:

Emily said...

I would love to hear your ahhha moment. I have heard Alan speak, but it has been in such generalities that I have not been able to pull it together. I have asked him to come to speak, or have a student leader, but no one has come. He was not at the workshop last year. You are fortunate to have ms Chillis to get feedback from.
Have a great week