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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?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sink or Swim

Just as a swimmer competes in a race, I am having to try to stay afloat no matter how tired I am getting. Just as many have and are stating, NTI was wonderful and very helpful. However, we all still verbalize some level of anxiety or frustration. I can however admit that this year is much smoother than last. I have been having concerns with my blood pressure going up. I am not happy that my physician had to increase my medication in order to control it. I trust that I will develop the necessary stress coping mechanisms and that my medication can be decreased. I have had to realize that my worrying about something will not change the outcome of the situation, but that this anxiety causes unnecessary changes in my body, i.e., hypertension. One of my concerns or frustrations is that with the CNA class that I teach, it is held during 2nd block and they have had to miss alot of days from my class. Things such as the flood, student holidays, testing, senior pull-outs, town hall meeting, etc., have caused them to miss my class. I am required to make sure that they will have completed classwork and skills by December. On top of that, I am out Friday because of Fall Leadership Conference for HOSA. I am and will continue to do my best to "swim and not sink".


ZELDA said...

Girl I find that exercise reliefs a lot of stress and you should try it it help you get strong at what you do also so many of us do not invest in our health like we should if we did that we would deal with things in life much better stress would not get to us so much when your riding a bike for a hour and a half or boxing in a boxing step class it helps.

Anitra said...


I want you to know that I always look you for positive support and words of wisdom as it relates to our profession. I pains me to know that I am not being equally supportive to you as you have been to me during my times of frustration. You are a very strong person and you will continue to come out on top. I agree with Zelda in that we must find positive outlets to release our frustrations. As much as I loathe the gym, I have now incorporated it into my daily life. How do you ask? We are moving to a unit that requires agility and teamwork. Students are required to walk/jog 4 laps and complete Law Enforcement related PT. Well I get out their with them and do a little bit per class. By the end of the day, I've completed my workout, released some frustrations and taught the children how to work together as a team. Try it it just might work esp on the days students are pulled out of your class and you don't want to leave them behind. Incorporate health and wellness and let them or you and them walk and excercise according to their age and body type (I'm sure it's in your standard). Good Luck Lady!!! Muah

Dr. M said...

Hi, Penelope - great advice from Zelda and AJ - work it on out! Take care of yourself first, as you know so well, so that your students get the full benefit of you and your knowledge and instruction. I'm looking forward to hearing that your medication has been reduced!