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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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 8, 2009

Open Mic.....meetings, meetings, meetings

This past week I had a parent conference, 1 SST and 3 IEP's before school started (7:30a-7:45a). I truly know and understand the importance of all these meetings, but is the frequency of such meetings imperative? I teach for my students like you all do and I believe in our classes we can truly make a difference in most of these students lives. However; it appears some of these meetings are conducted without a purpose and more of a matter of fact. I just think if we can communicate via e-mail unless a problem arises this may be better not only for our time management as teachers, but for the students as well. I am all for productive meetings and assisting our students to be successful (via modifications or pathway direction). However; to meet just to say we did it following procedure or to fill out and sign a few forms is non-productive. Call me crazy, but I am now on this keeping my plate full with a little margin and I don't need any non-essential calories.....

All your posts have been awesome and I know I learn from each and everyone I read. I think some of you all should have been comedians or professional journalist. I know this is hard for all of us for many different reasons, but I am with you all this is productive and I am learning a bunch!

Look forward to hearing from you all tomorrow night!


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