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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, April 18, 2010

Advice for my replacement!

I believe the best piece of advice that I could give to a new teacher that is replacing me is: Don't take yourself too seriously!! Now, with that being said, I don't mean that our jobs aren't serious. What I do mean is that some days are going to be great and some days are going to be not so great. Some lessons are going to be a home run and some lessons are going to be a disaster. You just have to roll with the punches. Don't let those less than stellar times get to you. If you take yourself too seriously and expect yourself to always be perfect, you will burn yourself out in no time. The best thing that I have ever done in my short teaching career is to relax and have fun. This has allowed me to enjoy my job more than I ever imagined. I can assure you that my students enjoy a more relaxed me as well!


Wyndell said...

Hi Tonya!

After you read my post, you will think that I copied yours. Well, to be honest, I didn't read any post this time until after I published mine. I guess we probably share many teaching experiences. We have definately reached the same conclusions. I hope you have a fun week. See you Saturday.

Patrick said...

Indeed, you should always try to find some amount of fun in this line of work. The students yearn for a classroom where they can learn and enjoy the class simultaneously. Even the ones that outwardly refuse to learn will pick up the material if the room is alive with positive energy. Fun is infectious in a good way. Keep it up!