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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, November 15, 2009

Blog takeover...

I am attempting to make up for time lost on the blog....not trying to bomb you all with post after post. "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!" haha. Patrick's comment in class yesterday about career teachers hits on many feelings I've had before on the same issue. I was telling some folks at lunch that a lot of times I walk into meetings and hear teachers complaining and just want to say, "Shut up. Do your job." I truly believe that the fact these teachers have never had a "real job" spoils them. Now, I come from a family of teachers. My mother is an elementary music teacher, and has been for 25+ years. But, she's also had many other jobs over the years. My sister is a 4th grade teacher, and my Dad has taught college courses on and off for years. No one in our family has ever really complained about how tough their job is. Not to sound like a grizzled, self righteous, "I walked five miles in the snow, uphill" type of person, I'd just like to say that I got my first job at 15. I worked at a chicken farm. My job was to do whatever manual labor needed to be done that day - for minimum wage. My boss was so cheap that she demanded that we could not submit the time it took to walk from one location to the other in our time card. Example: gather eggs in the chicken houses, then walk the 3/4 mile to the horse stalls and muck stalls. "I am not getting paid for this 20 minute walk". I worked through college on every single locally produced television show produced in Valdosta, GA. Making commercials saw 60 hour weeks through the months of October and November. Again, not to draw attention to me - I know there are other folks in our class that have worked harder, longer for less recognition. Props to you. At the end of the day, those of us who have the experience to compare a hard day's work to a day of teaching know that we are coming out ahead by working in the classroom. So, I offer two things to be posted on the teacher's lounge bulletin board. "Shut up. Do your job." - or - "Get a real job."


Ginger said...

Your blog is too funny. I love the fact that I have already worked my toughest years at the ripe age of 30. Teaching is challenging in other ways but in ways that I really enjoy. I never feel like I get to relax but instead am given a vacation to get caught up compared to the industry where you just work and work and never can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I love holidays, paid sick days, paid personal days (didn't even know what one of those were and am still not sure how to take one), and summers off. You will never hear me complaining and if I do, please feel free to give me a swift kick in the pants. :)

ZELDA said...

I love my job as a teacher less money but it's just the peace of mind. I long for the 2 months off with pay how good could that be.