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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, October 29, 2012

Apprehensive observation

Dr M. Came to visit on Thursday and as always I was a little nervous about the visit. I have been observed more than 50 times counting the times I was observed as a military instructor, so I started wondering why am I apprehensive about observations now. I realized that with high schoolers you never know what to expect. So, I decided to test the students will. I told them that I already knew how good they are, I just wanted to show others how GREAT they are. They did very well. I realized that they will give you what you expect from them. I learned to keep the bar high and constantly challenge them and they will rise to the occasion. Thanks Dr. M for the visit.

1 comment:

Tony Atchison said...


I also have had several observations in my career. This week I was observed by Dr. Burns. I made a mistake with my dates for observations and was expecting Dr. Burns on November 2nd. However, Dr. Burns had November 1st on her schedule for observation.So you can imagine I was very nervous about this. However, Dr. Burns came in and actually made me feel at ease with what I was doing. She told me think of this as a normal school day "Tony". Dr. Burns assisted my students with technology and I strongly admire her for that. Great job Dr. Burns, Keep doing what you do!