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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 10, 2009

Shortest day

Today I worked my shortest day since I began working at Marietta. I know it is Saturday but I had a catering which usually means I will be at school between 13 - 15 hours but today was out in 8. Well this summer, I developed a catering plan that had a checklist with specific positions. I also lowered the pay so that the students were not payed hourly but instead got a flat rate. All of this helped so much. Today was the first time that I did a catering and did not raise my voice. Normally it is pretty crazy and I have to put out about a billion fires (not literally); students arguing, students sitting down instead of working, students complaining, etc. Today everyone worked together and I had no stress, no knots in my stomach, and even had time to eat. Everything is done. I have never seen my kitchen so clean and organized.

I guess I felt like I should share this because I developed a lot of plans this summer and have been discouraged because many of them have not worked as I had planned and I have had to spend many hours trying to tweak them. I was almost beginning to think that maybe nothing I spent my summer on was going to work but I hit a homerun today. It was worth everything to have a day like today.

Thanks NTI!!!

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