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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?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

To Help Or Not To Help

I think the most important thing I have learned about my administrators is that they are a lot like my supervisors in the corporate world. My supervisors are always willing to help, but many times there is no help they can truly give me. If I have a real concern, I may get saddled with an array of catch-phrases like "hang in there", "it'll get better", or "I remember that". The life of the first year teacher is very lonely. Many times your best help will come from the most surprising places.

My mentor at my school is the head football coach. He is a great guy and we get along very well. The only problem is that I don't think our experiences are relative. On the other hand, there is a young business education teacher on my hall who has been incredibly helpful. She is in her second year and I suspect she remembers many of the trials she faced last year. She informs me of special agendas and helps me learn the ins and outs of the school and it's students.

Truth be told, the administration has its hands full, running the school on a day to day basis. I am positive that they would love to help every teacher, student and faculty member. But, there are only so many hours in the work day. So in the end it falls to us to help one another, and believe it or not, it has been working out pretty well so far.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Kennis - I really like that you have discovered a helpful colleague, and it is interesting that she is close and new. If a teacher does survive their first year they are usually quite determined to share their experiences and help others avoid some of the pitfalls. Great post!