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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?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lots of Changes...

Schools have definitely changed a lot over the past couple of years! I believe the economy is the cause of the majority of these changes. Politics have overwhelmed our school systems. Just this week the county I work in has decided to shut down one of our elementary schools that has been around for over 30 years. How sad is this? Just to save some money. I understand that we are hurting for money and we must do what we need to do to save, but I just think there are other ways of going about this. As a school we are supposed to educate the students. How can we educate them to best of our abilities if we put 32 students in a classroom? We will not be able to give them the support that they need. Not only are the students going to suffer, but this is also going to put over 100 teachers out of a job. It used to be that teaching was the safest profession around, my how times have changed... For many students school is a safe haven for them to come. I just hope we can carry on that name for these students.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Randi - yes, these are tough times for all of us, but our students need to see that we are still there for them, doing our best to prepare them for their lives and careers, so that when conditions improve, they are ready to shine. Try to stay positive and focused - your students still need you!

Coach Sly said...


Awesome post...I agree we need to just focus on what we can do and not what we can't control. It is a sad time for education; however as you do we need to be there for our students and hope and pray times change as we know history repeats itself. We will be back on track in time......great job!

Thozi said...

Schools are no longer what they used to be when we were growing up. Parents are no longer what they used to be when we were growing up. The list of things that have changes goes on and on. So, we have to find teaching methods ways that are commensurate with our times. The past will no longer serve us. It is gone for good.