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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 22, 2012

It All Rolls Down...

I have found it a little challenging to manage things this year. A great portion is due to the roll out of Common Core and how my school has decided to tackle this and other important agendas. It almost feels as if I barely have time to give instruction. I sometimes feel as if I haven't given my students the time attention needed due to my planning periods taken away, constant requests for design work, and various other administrative responsibilities handed out to the faculty. At the beginning of the year I was more concerned about managing my classroom and student behavior. I now feel comfortable in that area, because I have an expectation of what students will or will not do based on the fact that they are young people. It has become apparent that the challenge is keeping up with requirements doled out by the administration and not being penalized for missing the mark. I remain resilient, because I understand that ultimately I am only one person and all I can give is my best. I hope that ultimately the work we as a faculty are putting in can result in rewards like, improved test scores, higher graduation rates and improved attendance.

1 comment:

Michelle Pruitt said...

Are so right. Yes, you are only one person. I feel that as long as I do my best then I can hopefully get my student to where they need to be. I say (to myself) all the time just let me teach. There is so much presser put on us to do "silly" things how do they expect us to be all we can be in the classroom. It is easy for them to look down and tell how it needs to be done. When it really has to be done another. All we can do is do our best. The rest will fall into place.