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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


This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the hosa fall rally with 8 of my students. My students and I were greatly anticipating this trip since the beginning of the year, as we did not go last year. Planning this trip got to be a bit of a pain initially because this was my first time going, and I really wasn't familiar the planning process. There's information on the website, but you have to do a scavenger hunt, or play web detective to find answers to simple questions. Quite frankly, I didn't have time for that, and I ended up growing frustrated with the process before the planning was all over with. On top of that, it was one of those "Murphy's Law Weeks," and I just wanted to get the trip over with. I woke up the morning of the rally feeling drained and no longer excited about the trip. I got myself ready and arrived at our meeting place at the exact time we were scheduled to meet. There were already 5 students there, with smiling faces, ready to go! As soon as I saw my students something changed. I could feel that excitement that I once had starting to return. Fall Rally indeed proved to be way more than I anticipated for the students as well as for myself! They all had a great time, and created memories that hopefully they will never forget. I had the opportunity to strengthen the bond that I have with my students, and I am grateful for it. It energized both myself and my students. We came back with lots of ideas and a whole new level of excitement about the future!

1 comment:

Theresa Kuhn said...

I am so glad you got to go to the rally. I just got a chapter started at our school the end of September and could not meet the deadline for the rally. I too felt frustrated in trying to get folks not only signed up for HOSA but to get them registered for the rally. I hope to go next year especially after reading your blog! I did manage to get three students signed up for the Fall Leadership conference and am a littel anxious about being responsible for them for two days. Wish me luck! (first time here too!)