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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?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Professors, fire marshalls, principals, and truckers

Do some days just feel like a marathon? I am ready to go to bed at 7:00pm. I had my second visit from NTI yesterday afternoon. This time I did not tell the kids she was coming. I also purposely made no effort past what I would have done any other day. Turns out, it was good decision. My review was good and I feel like my day to day lessons are pretty good instead of creating a "dog and pony" show that would have left me clueless about my real lessons. This morning I was evaluated by my Principal. Then my Asst. Principal evaluated me in another period not knowing that I had already been seen by the big boss. Then the fire Marshall came in to check out my shop. That is a big deal for us. He usually bar-b-ques us with fines. fine. In 15 years my school auto shop has never managed to squeak by without at least one fine. Then, at last bell, a 53 foot trailer whips in at the shop to unload a bunch of crates and pallets from Northern tool. Problem was, students could not leave for the day til we got that rig out. Then an IEP meeting lasted 2 hours. I am going to bed.

1 comment:

Ginger said...


I am so glad that everything went well for your observations. That is always a good feeling. I am also happy that you set a record for no fines for the first time in 15 years. That is quite impressive. It is always great to have days like this to remind you how much you can achieve. I know they can be tiring but they are well worth the energy and time. I need a great day like that soon or I am going to get into a rut.

I hope things continue to go well for you.