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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, December 5, 2009


I know at 46 years old and in my second career that life is about decisions. I understand decisions are about choices and that is all good. However; it is the decisions that come up unexpectedly that can make you go "hmmmm". I guess being a S.W.A.T. team leader, a K-9 Officer and a football coach in my mind decisions can be a matter of life or death or possibly your job! In this case thank God it is none of the aforementioned and all good no matter which I choose. I base all my decisions on God, Family then football/teaching. I guess I am having a hard time seeing the forest through the trees, because with that formula it should be easy and right now it seems a little cloudy. Whatever I decide I want to use my podium as a Christian coach/teacher to be significant in the lives of my students and players and keep my family happy as well. I write all this to say that I am looking forward to the Christmas break to clear my mind, decide on what path to take and come back with the same focus I had early on. I feel myself teaching with the same passion; however I feel like my thought process is fatigued if that makes any sense. As I stated earlier this is not a life altering decision or career altering for that matter; however it does change the path that I was riding on fairly smooth. I know God has a sense of humor and I know a few months from now I will be good to go whatever path I take and will grow and be better from this decision. Yet they are still decisions and they effect more then just us as individuals and that is the part that makes them difficult even if they are for the best in the long run. Let me close by saying this is not a bad thing and my wife, children, coaching and teaching will all benefit from the choice I make whatever it maybe. I am blessed and thank God everyday for what I have and what I look forward to in the future. This semester has been challenging with all the juggling, but seeing you all going through the same things has helped immensely. Look forward to the final semester and I hope you all have a Blessed Holiday!

Thanks Big Ant for the heads up!


1 comment:

Ginger said...

I hope that you are able to make the right decision. Decisions are tough things that we must all make but if you make them with the right frame of mind, they are usually the right ones.

It was funny reading your blog today because I was thinking about some of the decisions that my students make and where they may end up because of them. I always worry about their decisions and wish that I could make the right ones for them but they must learn from their mistakes. The good thing about life is that you can make many wrong decisions, as long as you overall have a good head on your shoulders, and still end up ok.

I hope everything works out for the best.