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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, October 11, 2009

It's getting Chili outside

I have had a pretty good week so this blog is actually hard for me. Let me start by saying that I stress a lot and I do mean alot but it rarely keeps me awake or makes me feel like I do not want to do this again. I work some ridiculous amounts of hours but when I finish late at night, I am done and don't think about it any more. Also, everything that goes wrong sends me searching for a way to fix it because I am determined to eventually get my program on some sort of auto pilot so all that I am creating is new ways to teach the kids.

With all that said, there was one situation that caused me anger this week which is a little different but that is all I can give you. One of my students is entering the chili cook off at the Georgia fair on Tuesdsay and we have been practicing quite a bit since this will be our first competition that we have entered. She has shown up every time that I have scheduled a practice and has done everything that I have asked her to do to get ready for competition. This young lady is a great student for me. She works most of my caterings, is a strong leader, considerate, and hard working. She unfortunately is not a great student throughout the entire school and has gotten herself into some trouble. I knew about one of the incidents but was not aware of a more recent one. One of the ladies going on the trip came and talked to me and I assured her that the young lady would be fine. Then I get a phone call from the other lady going on the trip and she starts yelling at me about my choice to bring this girl and how I better keep an eye on her because if she makes one wrong move, I will be held responsible. It made me so mad because one thing I pride myself on is being an advocate for my students and if I made the choice to take her then I obviously felt that it was ok.

I decided to have a heart-to-heart with the student and explain that I know that she has made some bad decisions recently but that she needed to be certain that she did not take those habits with her to the fair. I explained that she is representing herself, me, and Marietta High School and needed to act completely professional. She said she understood and would do only her best on this trip. I then emailed the two ladies explaining that I had talked to the girl, thinking that would ease their minds but I walked in on Friday just to hear more complaining. Seriously, sometimes people just need to let things be.

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