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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 21, 2010

Take a little time!

I have been reading all of the post this week and to most of them I can honestly say, "I know what you mean"! Morale seems to be at a very low level in so many schools. It is true, we are constantly being asked to do more and more and being compensated less and less. That doesn't quite add up and it takes so much out of each of us. If we keep up at this pace, we could easily burn out. This week, on top of all of this everyday junk that stresses me out, I had to deal with some real behavior issues! I was really questioning my reason for teaching. Sometimes it is really hard to come up with very many positives! We had early release days on Thursday and Friday, so on Friday many of us teachers went to lunch together. We don't normally get to do things like that. We had such a great time just talking and laughing and spending time away from school. I left that luncheon feeling so much better. I have been spending so much time trying to figure out my lesson plans, spending my own money, etc., etc, that I have forgotten to have a life! It is not worth it. I want to be a great teacher, but not at the expense of losing myself and my family. I think we all need to take a little time to take care of ourselves. You know what they say, "How can you be any good to anyone else if you aren't good to yourself?"

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Tonya - so good to hear that some quality time with your colleagues has soothed your spirit. I remember those days as well, even though they were far and few between they really do help you get through some tough times and/or issues.

Learning to cope is essential, as you know, to staying on top of your game in teaching, and you are very good for your students, so do take care of yourself!