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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?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Donna Blankenship's post

Here is my blog.

Can't wait until Tuesday.......

School has not started yet but we had open house last Thursday. Students were coming in with their parents and were so excited to get started. I placed a manikin on each desk along with the paperwork parents needed to fill out while in my room. My bulletin board was another thing students were excited to see. I added all the ideas from NTI to the board such as the current wages for cosmetologist in our area and "Look Who Made the News" section. It contains photos of students from last year and their newspaper articles. One section of the board has the Salon Staff badges and some of the students were telling their parents that they could not wait to "work in the salon." Several said they thought something was different about me from last year.


Chef Tiffany said...

Hey Donna,
I am looking forward to hearing about how your year has changed. I have heard some of the same. You have great ideas for your class. I love that you had a mannequin on each table at open house. Whether the student was really interested in styling hair or not, I can see them having a good time in the class. I think that was a nice touch along with the name badges. It sounds like you are bubbling over with excitement to begin! Girl, you are contagious!

Tony Atchison said...


I really enjoyed your suggestions to use in my classroom this school year. You come with several ideas that can be implemented with FCCLA fundraiser and so forth.

Organzation is the key to a successful classroom. Having students feel as if they are actual professionals in the Cosmetology industry, will allow them to make better choices in the classroom.

I really enjoyed reading your post. Keep sharing those awesome ideas.