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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
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5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
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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


Before writing my blog entry this week, I first read all my colleagues' entries. Unfortunately, I am experiencing all the difficulties you are encountering. I try to stay away from negativity, so I spend a great deal of time isolating myself from my coworkers. I also feel as though I need to find a second job just to "keep my foot in another door". One of my relatives sent me a link to a teacher based blog from an Atlanta Journal article. I'm not going to share the blog address because it would only reinforce the warranted negativity by which we are all surrounded. I would not want to be Sonny Perdue. Think for a moment about irony of the "new" buzz word for ensuring our students' enthusiasm for learning: WOW. When considering the adjectives below, know that WOW actually stands for Working on the Work. Working on the Work's Five Levels of Student Engagement are:

Passive Compliance
Ritual Engagement
Authentic Engagement

All I can say is WOW. Where do you find yourself?

1 comment:

Wyndell said...

Working on the Work is the brain child of one of my principle's former teacher, mentor and friend. So you know that applying these WOW has been a priority at Hawkinsville High School since it's conception. I have to say that I have been involved in Authentic Engagement for a while. Everything is real when you are in rising water and you are having to swim as hard as you can to keep your head above water. To be honest, sometimes that engagement does involve looking for a life boat just in case...