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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?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Love my admin!!

The most important thing I've learned about my students this semester is how much difference it makes when you have great administrators behind you! Last year I was tossed in without a life vest. My AP was sweet, and that's all. She was absolutely worthless as an administrator. I persisted in winning her as a friend in spite of it. I learned that she had caught her husband cheating on her a week after the start of school. No wonder she was so distracted. She moved to another school. The Ap I have now was feared by everyone in our department. I found immediately that, as long as you do the things he asks in fairly short order, he provides tremendous support. Even when I have screwed up a couple of times he held firm behind me and admonished me only privately. Good admin makes all the difference!!


Dr. M said...

Good admin's do make all the difference, and, based on one of your comments recently, it appears that your AP's have learned and are sharing great coping skills. And kudo's to you for realizing that!

Kennis said...

That sounds great Wood. I don't know if I "love" my admin yet. I will say that they are responsive, even if it is to say that they can or can't help with a situation. I think you and I are alike in that we don't rely too heavily on the admins to solve our problems. However, it is very comforting to know that they are there for us.