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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

The life of an Educator...

Question of the Week Oct. 8

This week we will have "open mic." You may post about any issue you would like related to teaching. Please keep in mind our blog "rules."
I started my humble beginnings several years ago working with the special needs population. In this assignment I was afforded an opportunity to explore the various challenges the schools and the district encounter. Many educators and parapro's were frustrated because of their workload and the amount of paper work that are required in the field of education.
In my current teaching assignment, I sometimes become irritable of the amount of paperwork we must submit in which sometimes it is less than a day's notice. Another issue that I have relating to teaching is the meetings during your planning period. This is why it is called planning!
My last issue relating to teaching is Administrator's with no backbones. If a student constantly acts out in class and the teacher has documentation of that,I feel the administrators should tak the necessary steps to correct this behavior and stop sending the students back to class without punishment.
However, besides all of that Teaching is a passion!! It must be in your heart to help others succeed.


Sivad Couture said...

Tony, I TOTALLY GET WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. Teaching has to be a passion for us to do what we do. It makes you accountable, plus students can sense when you're not passionate about what you're teaching. The productivity of the teacher weighs heavily on the student as well. That is why I stay in my lane. Although I am a substitute teacher, I have been blessed enough to teach in my field before Cosmetology, which is Accounting/math. When I first started subbing in 2008, that would be all of the classes that I would get. Because I could explain the concept to the students, I grabbed their attention, plus they learned something from that day, instead of it being just a "fun day" because the teacher's out. So, I concur with your statement. Teaching is a craft, not a job. In my opinion, job is an acronym for Just Over Broke!! My name is Courtney Davis, and I approve this message!

Michelle Pruitt said...

You are so right Tony. All of the paper work can be too much. When it comes to planning periods, there is always a meeting or training. I wish I could just do what I was hired to do, teach. I do hate to hear about your administration. I have a couple like that but lucky there are three more. They are suppose to be assigned to the different grade levels but we all know who will do something and we use them. I love your saying “it must be in your heart to help others succeed.