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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


I would say to my replacement with the straightest face possible.... (hidden with slight sniggles and giggles).."Enter at your own Risk". I say this because with the ever-changing state of our school systems across the country, what I thought I knew about education does not measure no where close to what actually goes on in education. When I first started I was gun ho and high-strung with the idea of educating our youth. Preparing them to enter into the field of law enforcement. What I later learned was half of them had entered through the backdoor; (open cases, probation, parole, criminal activity, etc) they knew more than I expected them to (Urban Legends and ALL). The administration is not as supportive to CTAE as they could be and we receive all of the students that no one else wants. While I love the kids, "the sludge travels from upstream". They are excellent and quite fun to deal with while the administration is a monster.

I would tell them that teaching is like running a may not make a profit, see your growth, or get into your groove until the third year. Then you will be able to see for yourself if this is the profession for you.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, AJ - very insightful. Having observed your classes, I would say the "Enter at your own Risk" would apply to students entering your classroom, as they should be ready to be enthusiastically challenged! They will miss you.