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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 17, 2013

Patience is a Virtue

This week I learned the value of being a patient teacher. Although this may seem like an elementary virtue for all teachers, and we like to think we are models of great behavior, but then a true test arrives. I have a full plate of duties that extend beyond my teaching obligations. Additionally, my studio is still not functional after a year and six weeks of my high school being open. I am constantly trying to find creative lesson plans to keep the students engaged and aligned with the academic standards of video production for which I am accountable to teach. Finding enrichment activities with limited production equipment is a challenge. After all, a third of my program is nonfunctional. Consequently, I must always be on my game. That is easier said than done for a second year teacher. I have learned to be patient, to overcome, and to adapt to my teaching environment.

1 comment:

Sonya Dunbar said...

Hi Marc, I have experienced a very similar situation over the past two years that I taught Healthcare. It is my passion and I love to share it with others. That is one of the things that keeps me going back. I know all too well what it is like to be responsible for many responsibilities and duties outside of work and to have to create engaging lessons daily. My first year I only had 11 textbooks for a class of 32 and last year I did not have a working LCD from October to May! I had to share a portable LCD with another teacher and it was a real challenge. You do have to use patience and longsuffering in these types of situations just like you said:) I find it helpful to address one issue at a time and each day gets a little easier (I have a full classroom set for textbooks now and a brand new LCD projector now after a year of struggles to use what I had available :)