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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.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
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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?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"What have I learned about myself as a teacher this week"

There is always something new to learn and I strive to find a better way to do things. As a teacher, I have reached the conclusion that I need to take on fewer things so I may develop depth. I have learned that in order to make that happen, I will have to say "no" to some good things to do what is best for my professional learning and growth. I've found that having your lessons well planned makes it easier to handle situations and I'm able to be flexible when administrators make a change. Now, it is easier to bring closure to where we are in the lesson and state we'll pick up here at the next class. I'm finding it easier to laugh at myself when I thought I covered an item with a class; but I had actually covered it in the class the day before, so I too am learning the art of keeping notes. Because, while your lesson plan may be consistent, student questions and ideas may vary a great deal and I have to make sure I share important insights among the classes. Now, I just need to make lesson plans on how to handle the day-to-day activities of my personal life in order to take control of the time I need to re-energize. I think I'll schedule in a nap that covers 2 class periods (170 minutes) Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Oh well, not this week we are going to Fall Leadership Conference...but it is a thought worth developing.


Freda said...

Leola, what wisdom you always convey. You are right on many points. What I found most insightful was the realization that "no" is an acceptable answer. It is not that you do not want to participate in many of the worthy events but you look around and your time dissipates rapidly. Relating to your blog seemed as if you had a mirror into my class. As for me, students constantly remind me, "You did not share that information with us". I just started making notes on my lesson plans on what worked and what needs to be strengthened. So, taking notes after each class would be very helpful to me. Great blog. Take care...

kimjoi said...

That is so true. I am one of those people that wants to be helpful wherever and whenever. I have since realized that sometimes I have to say no and its okay especially if it prohibits me from developing, as you put it depth. Sometimes we put to much own ourselves and I know that as a new teacher it is important for me to prioritze my duties and responsibilities in order to develop as an educator.