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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?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

...may the sun shine warm upon your face...

What do you say to someone as you ride heroically into the sunset? "Remember this face. You are looking at the first multi-millionaire substitute teacher." The one piece of advice I could seriously offer to my replacement would be to try your best to stay positive (ALL THE TIME) and embrace creativity. Some of the best video I've seen has come from students who, when pitching the original idea, weren't very clear about what they were trying to do. I try to remember that the best ideas don't always come from excel sheets or storyboards and they aren't always written neatly or typed up and placed under a neatly organized cover sheet. Teaching is a messy business and if you aren't willing to get your hands, feet and sometimes everything else DIRTY, you might miss the everyday victories that make teaching an enjoyable profession. If you can stay positive (stay out of the teacher's lounge) and keep an open mind to new ideas from your students, you may be surprised what's already out there waiting for you. Many of the students are literally bursting with new ideas - some better than others. But, isn't the fact that a student is brave enough to blurt out her/his "crazy" idea in front of their peers refreshing? In high school, everyone seems to follow everyone else...all the latest trends, fashions, etc., are simply copy and pasted from one child to the next. Then, someone raises their hand, opens their mouth and an original idea comes out! If you are sitting at the desk clicking through your "expertly designed" powerpoint and droning on for an hour and a half at a time, you might miss it.


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Ginger said...

I like your post. You are so right about staying positive and looking for the simple things. I have been very frustrated this year because I am trying so hard to make the classes more fun than last year but am not getting nearly the response out of the kids that I want. I think maybe I am looking too hard for something and should start focusing on the little moments. I have had a lot of complaining students this year (lots more than last year) and have put so much focus in trying to "keep them happy" instead of focusing on the kids that truly care. Thanks Bruce, I needed your post today.