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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, March 12, 2013


Wow!! Ever since I started teaching at Douglas County, I have been told “give it three years, it will get better”. Yes, I still have students that have the need to move on. They just do not understand that the program has changed.  I only have two and one-half months and this group will be Pathway Completers.  I really believe I have done everything needed to help them, and yes, I have seen changes in five of these students.  Of course, I ask, why could I not make a change in all of them? It makes me sad that I could not reach all of them.  But, I am happy to say that, I do not think it will take three years to get the program to meet my expectations and have in place the appropriate needs in order for my students to achieve success. I do understand that there will always be needs for changes.  There are going to, at various times, be needs to do some things different. I realize, at this time, there are changes that are necessary to improve this program for the coming year.  My plans are to make the required changes in order to improve our program.  I have truly been blessed!

1 comment:

Ken said...

I know the feelings that you expressed. I am now at six years and at my two year mark I almost left. Two students changed my mind without knowing it. It was then that I realized that we can't save them all, but the ones that we can are worth it all.