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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


I have officially become a REAL teacher.  Last year, I was a part-time teacher.  My schedule was heaven.  I worked every other day.  Running both of my offices was a breeze as a part-time teacher.  I never got burnt out or did not concern myself when vacation was approaching.  Well, I must say it finally hit me.  The past week, I had the opportunity to enjoy my FALL break.  I officially took an entire week of vacation with the exception to answering a few emails from students.    Don't get me wrong.  Teaching part-time doesn't compare to full-time.  Although I'm teaching everyday, it is way easier than part-time.  I'm better prepared. We are on 90 minute block schedules.  That works for me. I have found that teaching the same lesson the next day, just perfects it.  Teaching full-time has taught me how to manage my time better.  My day usually starts at 4:30 am. Yes, I still workout in the mornings prior to school.  I usually check into my offices between 3-3:30 pm.  I work there until about 8-9 pm.  Unfortunately, my evening unwinds with reviewing my lesson plans for the next day.  I enjoy teaching Physical Medicine.  The impact that I have on my students keep me very humble and grateful that God has chosen me to influence their lives.


Tony Atchison said...


I really enjoyed reading your post. I totally agree that organization is the key of a successful teacher. I have learned to prepare myself way in advance for my lessons and especially my labs.Because safety is the key in my class, I plan three to four weeks in advance for labs. Continue to motivate the children you teach. You never know the impact it can have on a child.

Akisa Hurst said...

Tony! I can relate to what you are saying, but I feel that I never have enough time to do anything. Between cafeteria duty, metal detector duty, common core planning, grading papers etc, I just don't feel like I ever get anything done. Maybe if I had started out on a part time basis, I would appreciate that 1:15 minutes of planning that I get every few days.