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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
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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

Words of Advice

First off, I know I may be in the minority, but I think I would keep my job teaching. I love that I get to pour into young people's lives everyday. Ok, with that being said, I have more than one thing. First would be, don't let the first year kill you. I had a friend that was working at the high school and had been teaching about ten years. He pulled me aside my second day there and gave me the best advice for a brand new teacher. He told me, "Some days you will go home and feel like the smartest teacher ever. Other days you will go home and feel like you have failed miserably." He went on to explain that it takes anywhere from 3 - 5 years to get into the groove of teaching. I look back now and thank him so much for this advice. The second thing I would pass on would be to build relationships with as many students as you possibly can. Not just the ones in your classroom, but the student population in general. Kids can tell if you truly care or not. My heart broke on Friday when one of my students that has had a rough life all the way around, was escorted out of the school in handcuffs. I know that there is no possible way that I could have taken his place, but truly in my heart, I wanted to.

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