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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?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


There are  4 1/2 week assessments, there are the mid-term assessments, quizzes, and so forth and I said to myself, wow, this is what being a teacher is all about! Teachers spend their lives grading papers, printing out deficiency notices, and calling parents to tell them all about their wonderful little darlings (yeah right).  I honestly wish that there was more time for instruction and learning, but I find myself giving handouts and homework during class (because I also know they wont complete the assignment at home) so that I can catch up with my administrative duties.  My husband is the school administrator and I have never had a desire to trade places with him, but I feel like I have.  I guess with any professions you have pros and cons and as long as you do all that you can to be the best at your job, you will have little time to sweat the small things, or those things that you can not control.
Happy Teaching and Learning....


Sherri said...

I'm with you Akisa! If I could just teach I think I would love my job so much more. Planning and grading take so much more time than I ever could have imagined, but on top of that it's web page updates, and IEP's and B1s and B3s and all these other forms..... How do we get it all done and still have time outside of work? So far, I haven't found the answer....

Dr.L said...

Akisa, I started using my students to help me grade. If not, It would take forever to grade all of those papers. Also, don't grade everything or every question. Planning does take so much time. I usually do my lesson plans on Sundays for the week. During class, I don't have time to grade papers and my school won't allow us to just give handouts. I try not to give homework. Any assignment given is done in class. That way it assures me that they do it and I can offer help if needed. This cuts back on tutorial time and missing assignments. I don't blame you, I wouldn't trade places with your husband. Way to much paperwork.