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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?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Judging a Book by it's Cover

I was at a week long assignment.  The teacher was actually transitioning to another position.  Of course the work was already provided and I was given a headsup that a new teacher had been hired and she would be starting soon.  As the students were being informed, they were already having pre conceived notions about this person.  They were asking how did she look, whether she was old or young, and how did she dress.  All of this, I thought were irrelevant to her teaching the material.  Then the students went so far to say that they didn't like her.  That was pretty surprising to me, being that they didn't even know this woman.  When they were told what school she came from, there were negative comments as well, about her going to be mean to them and give them too much work.  A comment be a student was made that they have a passing grade and they didn't want another teacher because they had the feeling that they were going to fail.  It's just a shame how what you wear and how you look depends on if the students are going to give you their undivided attention.  I feel like I'm back in Corporate America.  The only difference is, its' Corporate Education where the students are the hiring managers and they determine whether or not you climb that corporate ladder. Simply Ridiculous!!

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