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3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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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?

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Until Dr. Burns went over the information about the Perkins money in class, I never realized how vital it was to my program. I always thought that my money was just budgeted by the county along with every other teacher. Seeing that the federal government specifically designated funds for career fields and that that is where my money comes from truly changed my way of thinking. Being a new teacher last year, I was hesitant to spend the money in my budget because I knew how tight the county was. Now looking back, I see that these funds are independent from salary and classroom supplies for other teachers. I believe it is crucial for us to continue to lobby and fight for these monies. They are the lifeblood of our programs. If the monies go, so goes our programs. We become classes like liberal arts colleges where we teach theory and how-to but never truly will the students get true hands on experiences. Students deserve to experience our trades first hand which is practically how all of us experienced them and now we are bringing those experiences to them through our Perkins funded programs.
As career teachers, we need to play active roles in making sure these funds keep on coming. It is our responsibility to spend the money wisely. We must also inform the students and parents of the importance of our programs. If there is lack of interest, the money will be pulled.

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