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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, September 24, 2013


Trying to be Superteacher can get you in trouble. Hands down, the one thing I would have done differently this week is a decision I made in the process of finalizing the grades of my students for the first 6 week period. Our grades were to be finalized by 9 a.m. on Monday morning. I went through the entire process except for the last step which was clicking the “SAVE” button. I stopped at this point in the process with the intention of adding in some conduct comments. Enter the inevitable “teacher distraction”. Getting pulled off task is one of many potential pitfalls teachers face. My attention was redirected to another task needing to be done before homeroom. The next thing I know, it is deep into second period and an Administrator has sent an SPA to my room to inform me I was the ONLY teacher which had not finalized grades. I was holding up the entire process. Containing my horror and embarrassment, I told the SPA to please inform my Admin this task would be done immediately. So, what would I have done differently? Manage my task and the time needed to complete it better. The decision to add conduct grades was well founded. The decision to allow something to separate me from the very important task I was on, not so much. Going forward you can rest assured I will not leave an important task incomplete to accomplish a less important one.


Dr. J said...

Learning is painful. I find that Administrative Duties need to stay at the top of the list, even in my position at GSU. I can teach a great class, but if I haven't done something like verified my roll, I will be seen as less competent. I have learned this over time. . .
Thank you for your important post. Dr. J.

Terry said...

@ Dr. J
Thanks for reading it!!!