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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, February 18, 2010

Continuously Doing More With Less

There are a lot of initiatives I'd like to start at my school and with my students, however the lack of compensation and support prevents such thing. There was a time in my career when I was hyped about having a Security team and Criminal Justice Club, creating a peer-principal discipline panel and so forth. I spent countless days and evenings giving of myself for the kids and nothing more until I begin to associate my tasks with that of an asst. coach or sponsor. After all we are essentially serving the same purpose. I took my concept to my administrator and ask for some sort of compensation / supplement since the school was benefiting from the service provided ( parking lot patrol, Student-Security during after school functions, escorts around campus, etc) only to be told there was no room in the budget. The flip side of that was shortly after my request, administration requested the services of my students and I for a w/e function....Hunh? I spent countless dollars on supplies, equipment, and uniforms to no avail yet there was no funding in the budget for my services. After burning-out, I placed the Security Team on hiatus until further notice. In doing so, many students have come to me asking "When is Club CrJ returning?" or "I want to be on the Security Team" . Administration even told me to have my kids in the parking lot writing tickets in an effort to crack down on illegal parking....go figure. In saying all of this, I feel our classes are the most discounted yet they need our services the most. Why is this? I only wish each teacher could spend a day in our curriculum (on a lab day) to see what really goes on on this side of the tracks. This would hopefully give them a true idea of what we do and how we feel when are classes are discounted until there is an immediate personal need.

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