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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?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Focus on "Me Time"

Going into my second year of teaching, I have noticed that I have left out room for "me time" on a professional level. My first year I was so focused on getting everything right, meeting deadlines, forming relationships with my students, and getting involved with extra-curricular activities. Now I feel that all of that is catching up with me. I am really pleased with the progress I have made to find my place in the school, but it seems that I have failed to pencil in time to focus on myself as a teacher. This year my main goal is to not only balance all of the tasks I have taken on, but also to make sure and give myself some “catch up” time.


Dr. J said...

That's great!

Emmanuel said...


Mr. H said...

I know I am new to all of this, but I have always strived to push myself to the max. Once I feel I have reached the most I can do, I strive to do more.

Seeing you looking at the CORE of what you are, a teacher, makes me realize and understand that this is the reason we all got into this in the first place. To lose your sense of identity and purpose, getting into the grind, is a path many have taken and failed.

I am grateful for the chance to be a teacher and I hope I always find time for "me", just as You do.

WesleyG said...

I think that finding "me time" is a great goal for this semester! Although I am just getting started in the school system, I am already finding myself trying to fully immerse myself in the school and leaving little time for myself. I believe it is a common problem with anyone who is motivated in their work. I have seen extremely driven individuals burn out over time because they didn’t take time to themselves. Although it may seem counterproductive at times to set aside time for you, it can be beneficial in keeping a positive outlook. Nothing is worse than a teacher who is visibly stressed and over worked. “Me time” is a good way to keep things fresh and I believe students are more likely to be engaged when the teacher is in a high-spirited mood. That being said, too much “me time” is certainly a negative thing if it gets in the way or being prepared and meeting deadlines.