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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, September 12, 2010

Open Mic

I really can’t say that I have an “issue” with the teaching profession. I think the biggest thing for me is to get my self all the way organized, get better at staying on top of things, and improving my time management. While coming from industry to education I can honestly say that it is a world of difference and there is more to this than meets the eye. I can say that the above mentioned things would help me to be a better teacher and professional. However it doesn't happen over night. There are times that I think that I got one thing under control and here comes something else before I can get to the next thing. Can it be overwhelming? YES!!! But, it can be done it just requires a little more than sometimes were willing to give. Now as a disclaimer, I can only speak for myself because we are all different and at different levels and there are always other factors that impact how much of ourselves we are willing to invest. However, I will say that we all have a commitment to those students who walk through our doors everyday with an expectation to learn and get the best out of us whether we’re up to it or not. As for me, I am far from satisfied I feel like there is more for me to do so that I can give them the best of me because they deserve it and they need it.

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty

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