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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, November 24, 2010

Open Mic

Well I would like to talk about expectations. As a teacher there are so many expectations. I f someone can give me pointers on staying grounded and not becoming overwhelmed I welcome it. It is getting down to the last three-four weeks of school and I am finding myself getting behind with checking papers, calling parents and other assignments I need to complete. I have gone through this for two years and do I know I will get through it. Also, what keeps me hopeful is the students. I really believe I am getting through to some of the students. When they stream into my room daily to just get a hug or tell me what happened to them the night before, I know I am making some difference. As for being overwhelmed I know I will get "through it" as I have done over the past two years.


Freda said...

Sandra, your post sounds so familiar. It has not been a year for me. I have come to realize that teaching is challenging, exhausting and one of the most exciting things I have every committed to. The expectations are overwhelming at times. The ray of light and hope are the students. Despite the few who just do not want to be in class period; the kids make it all worth it. I appreciated your honesty. Just remember, count it all joy and pray at all times. You will make it through. Happy Thanksgiving

Janet Mac said...

Sandra, I can relate to all of your challenges. I think that all of us have faced these same issues at one point in our career as a teacher. Every time I think that I have a handle on things there is always something else thrown my way. I have realized that you have to capitalize on your planning time as much as possible to stay ahead of the game. I have learned that being a teacher means that you have to switch hats on a minute by minute basis and you just have to trust that you are ready for whatever comes your way.