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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?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just a Little Advice to Help You Along the Way

I have alot of advice and wisdom that I would share with my successor. Both Ginger and myself agree that we are long-winded. With that being said, I will try to be as brief, straight-forward, and to the point as I can be. I would first say, take your job seriously, but learn to relax and have balance. Teaching is not easy. But Rome was not built in a day. Enjoy life and try to find something good in everyday and in everybody, especially the students. A second piece of advice, you will not always meet every deadline and you will not get every thing done when you and others may expect. As someone told me, "if it doesn't get done today, it will still be there tomorrow. And if it doesn't get done tomorrow, it will still be there the next day, etc." As was said in the movie "Facing the Giants", my advice is to "do your best and leave the results up to God". A third piece of advice, make lesson plans, but give the students jobs and allow them to conduct the class with certain tasks and even certain parts of the lesson. What better way for them to learn than with even more hands on and experience. A final piece of advice, ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. Don't ever give up and don't ever grow weary. Teaching is not easy, but it can be done. Find a mentor teacher and administrator that can encourage you and help you walk this not-so-easy road. You are not the first and you are not the last. Many have walked the road before you and many will come behind you. Find a life lesson in everything and take notes so that you can help those and be a blessing to those that will follow you. Stay encouraged!!!

1 comment:

Angel said...

Well done Penelope. You have given great advice and wisdom. I can learn alot from you and Ginger. I notice you have learned alot in a short period of time. There are keys points you made such as balance,enjoy life and find the good in everyone. Good Job!