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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

Patience Grasshopper

My these numbers and maybe you can win too! I'm just playing, but seriously, I would preach patience. I think long term you have to have patience or else you are going to be in for a dog fight. Keep realistic expectations about what you want to achieve for the year. Be patient when it seems like things aren't working. Relationships and successful programs are not built over night. They take time. That's what surprised me the most, and no one could prepare me for that. Instant success is a wonderful dream, but achieving steady success takes time. Have a plan and stick to it...have patience grasshopper and don't lose it.


Suzette said...

Hal that was a great set induction! I agree with you and the steady success achieved through patience. I have found that this first year has been much like my first home. I was excited to make the purchase but after living there, I now know what I want in my second home. Therefore, in preparation for the second year I have prepared a plan and I am anxiously putting the pieces in place. It is my belief that if proper procedures are placed the program will run on autopilot. Until then, I too will wait patiently and stick to the plan. Thanks for your insight~

Dwayne said...


I agree with your recommendation of patience. That covers so many areas. Not just patience with the students, but also with the administration, fellow teachers, and central office. But probably most important, is patience with ourselves as teachers. I think making non-critical mistakes builds us into effective teachers. We need to have the patience to realize this. Experimenting with teaching strategies and being willing to fail helps us fine tune our trade. I definitely wish I had more patience.