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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?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Visitors and wake up calls

This week I have had several visitors, everyone of them former students. As with any group of people each one of them tell a different story of personal success.
One of my visitors is in the Army and is preparing for his first deployment. I feel sad knowing that his age of innocence is going away, as I am aware of some of the things he will experience. He simply wanted to talk about what impact people had on his life.

Another visitor decided to drop-out of school knowing he had all the answers, he explained how shocked he was to find out no one owed him a job and he is now struggling, he wished he had stayed in school. Immediate feeling (honestly) was TOLD YOU SO. But then it went to focus on the future. What are you going to do NOW?

Today is Friday and I feel I am where God wants me to be. Living the Dream.


Tony Atchison said...


Sometimes other people think they have all the answers. As human beings we should embrace others as they express themselves. I often find myself with suggestions more so than criticism.

Ken said...

Thanks Tony, that has been part of growing and maturing for me. The other part I learned was to listen first and ask if they would like my advice. But I use another type of question. How would you like me to help?