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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, February 16, 2010

Extra Extra Etc.

I too has a constant battle between my program vs coworkers need. On a daily basis I am visited for various "favors". I been asked for everything from an addition to a retaining wall. I too understand everyone is attempting to save a buck or two here or there. However, I too have issues that I am dealing with that compete for my time. For instance, My child, my wife, ,my education, and restoring my recently remodeled home that has been damaged by a frozen water pipe that burst during the cold snap last month. I truely would like to help all that come to me for assistance, but realistically can't. What's truely insulting is when my coworkers recieve a realistic price for my time, they back out. Or, flat out tell you that they hoped I had some supplies just sitting around. When my coworkers see the supplies for my students lab activities, they assume, that they can be used for extracurricular activities. As a result, I'm through! I simply explian, without a shred of guilt, that I can't assist them because of my current obligations and I hope they will understand. I can't be everywhere.


Ginger said...

It's funny because I always have co workers wanting me to do caterings for them on my own time. I have tried to explain to them that I do not have time and that my home is not set up to do catering. It is against the rules to use the school kitchen for personal income, yet they get upset with me when I explain this. Then they want me to do it through the school and come in on the weekends.

It is tough because they are so mean when I turn them down. I actually had one teacher yelling at me because I would not cater an event over the summer months.

I was also told by another teacher that he thought my purpose was to do these caterings. I told him that I am a teacher first and then if I have time or if a catering will benefit my students then and only then do we do caterings.

It is sad because many times our co workers think they are doing us a favor by giving us some work to teach the students but when you are working with 28 students in a class, it is difficult to teach and make certain that the work is done correctly.

I am glad that you are able to say "no" and I am definitely going to try to use that word more often.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Vince - good to hear that you are focused on your students, and that now your colleagues know that. Sometimes it just takes awhile to get the point across and for them to come to know what you are all about. Your priorities are in the right place and you (and Ginger) will be appreciated for that by your peers . . . eventually.