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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?

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Is this before or after I book a cruise to the bahamas???? I guess the piece of advice that I could give my replacement is learn to RELAX!! Not everything is going to go smoothly everyday. You may have one lesson planned and then at the last minute everything may have to be changed! Students behavior or attitude my affect your plans for the day or a mandatory meeting at the school. You never know what may come up. I would suggest always having a back-up plan. You never know when you or someone in you family may get sick and you have to miss work. Make sure you have those emergency lesson plans in place. One day you could be planning to show a video or use the prjector and for some reason or another it may not work. What then? You cant just go home and say forget it! You have to find something else for the students to work on for that 90 minute class period. The best advice I can give to anyone about teaching is: BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!!


Hal said...

Relax, chill, enhance your calm! Any of these would have helped me my first year. I came from a very easy going work environment, and when I started teaching, my stress level shot through the roof. This was attributed mostly to everything you wrote. Once I learned to relax things got so much better. Things are not going to always run smoothly, because some things are just out of your control. Take a step back, stay calm, and relax...the bell rings everyday at 3:25.

Tonya said...

Randi, you are sooo right! I have days where it seems as if nothing goes right. One of the hardest things for me to get used to was to have a sudden change in plans. In the beginning it caused me so much undue stress. Now I have learned to just "go with it"! I have found that if I don't freak out, the students don't usually know that there was ever a problem. My motto is "Compared to life or death, this is cake!"