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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!

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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, April 7, 2013

Just ONE piece of advice...

If I won the lottery, I would go on my trips during the summer!

Of course it is hard to pick advice with a limited amount of time. If I gave my replacement just one piece of advice it would be to "cover yourself". Although this advice is best for a permanent replacement, it doesn't hurt a temporary replacement to practice the same. When I had my first industry job, I was given this advice. At the time, I did not know how valuable it was. At any given moment, you may be called upon to prove anything. Having documentation can save you (or your student), your reputation and your job. I am a firm believer in keeping good records. On a softer note, it proves helpful with things such as homework status reports when a student refuses to do an assignment. Having their signature justifies any 0 you may have to give, thus, providing a record to the student, parents and your administrator. Besides, with all we have to do, having these 'reminders' helps.

1 comment:

Sivad Couture said...

That's true Chef Tiffany. Having great documentation will save you in the long run, even as a temorary replacement. When I use to sub in the middle schools, documentation was especially imperative in that arena! There was this situation with a student that had a very bad discipline problem. Needless to say, when he was in my class, it was worst because I was the sub and he knew I was only there temporarily. To make a long story short, the school was very strict and by the book when it came to their students and their misbehaving. The student thought he was going to get away with constantly being disruptive in the classroom. I was asked to provide clear documentation(date, time, class period, description of incident)of what happened in during his presence. Had I not had properly documented paperwork, it would not have worked in my favor. I totally can relate to what you're saying and how it protects you to have clear and concise evidence. Well written Chef Tiffany!!