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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, March 9, 2011


Honestly if I win millions in the lottery I may just come in let them know that I won and will never be a teacher again. I will advise that I am moving on to whatever I dreamed of doing if I ever won the lottery.

Lets get serious I care too much about teaching to leave like that. The most important advice I would leave for this new teacher is simply this. You have to have passion for whatever field you are teaching, if you do not have passion for your job - that job is not for you. You may as well walk away and allow someone who is passionate about teaching - fill the position. Being Passionate about your job allows you to give your best no matter what the circumstance.

I would give the new teacher Dr. Burns’s number so that he or she can contact GSU to take some courses because the instruction I received from NTI has been extremely helpful in making me more professional in the daily management of my classroom.

Whenever I leave a job I like to leave work samples for the incumbent, so that they can have a guide to work with so that the classroom standards are maintained allowing the kids get the best possible higher level education possible. Hopefully I would have the opportunity to give on the job training to the new teacher for at least a week before I leave. (Travel to: Hawaii/Paris/New Zealand/Australia/Italy/Africa....a world wide tour/cruise…....laugh).

That would be my advice to the incumbent.

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