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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

Time- I need more time.

I would like to improve on my time management this year. I find myself getting busier each day. Teaching and coaching fill my plate. Additionally, as a career tech teacher there is the additional pressure of keeping your own program in tune, which I discovered after my first year is like running a business. Now, I have three jobs for the price of one. My time management is, right now, the most self-critical aspect in my second year. Shockingly, I thought behavior management would have been the battle at this point. However, the battle is with my schedule and the many expectations therein. Everyone wants something from the "video guy." Unfortunately, there are no pause buttons in our lives.


ChiroCourt said...

I agree with you Marc. Although I did place planning as my primary concern, time is the second. I teach a college course 2 nights a week, I have HOSA, MSK (a female mentoring group at my school I was asked to be a part of), and planning for my career tech course because I have to make everything from scratch. I also like to keep things fresh and interesting with my pathway. I can find myself exhausted and running out of time during the day with all the responsibilities but what I have noticed is that set times for each obligation can reduce the amount of stress around each responsibility. I set a time limit for each activity and I stick to it. Things will happen to shift those time limits but generally that is the best approach I have used that works. I also use students as helpers because some are so eager. They make the words for my Word Wall or organize my classroom for me, etc. And practice the art of saying "No." Your "No" loses values if you're always saying yes. Hope this helps!

Trenton said...

Court I agree with you wholeheartedly. Setting time limits is a great plan and sayng "NO" is a sanity saver. Marc you are right, I don't even coach, and time is constantly slipping away from me, it seems my to-do's never end. I made one of my goals this semster to prioritize more efficiently. I found myself running ragged last semester and I don't want to become "burnt out". As far as the "no" suggestion from Court, that is something I need improvement on as well. It would seeem CTAE is a work hourse in the eyes of many of the regular ed teachers and administration.