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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, October 14, 2012

alphabet soup...

I have had a very eye open experience about what I like to call "alphabet soup". If any teacher decided to become an RN and jumped into a healthcare facility they would not be confronted with this "alphabet soup" that teachers deal with.  It's appropriate to have a planning period during the day to grade tests, prepare lesson plans, scout a working copy machine and stand in line to make copies.  But are must give up that planning period to become part of the ...."alphabet soup".  I had no idea what this was or what was required. So I made some quick texts/phone calls to adjust my plans after school since now I'd be staying late to make copies etc.....So off I went to the appropriate room and join the "alphabet soup" club.  You know what I'm talking about .....IEP, RTI, 504,  TKE, OAS, etc.....
It seems that in addition to teaching, monitoring, CTSOing, I am now in the "alphabet soup" club.  There is always a meeting to go to, something to record on a system that is so cumbersome it takes hours to complete. It takes so much time away from the job I am hired to do and with so little experience, how valuable is my input at this point. I am curious if anyone else is in the "alphabet soup" club?

1 comment:

Theresa Kuhn said...

I can totally sympathize with you! I have been indoctrinated into the "alphabet soup" as well. I have IEP, 504's etc. to attend to. Just as I think I have the accommodations down, I get an email that they have changed! Oh, and the committees you have to belong to are numerous too. I have been just recently volunteered by my principal to be on a fifth committee and this one is for the county. That means meetings outside of school as well as inside now. I often have teacher meetings first thing in the am during my only planning period and then others after the students leave for the day. Oh, and because we are CTAE teachers, we have to go to those meetings as well as the "regular ed" meetings.
I keep reminding myself - it's for the students; it's all for the students! (I sleep really well by the time my day is finished! How about you?)