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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

Plan, replan, replan, succeed!

As a teacher there are so many times when we think things are going to go perfect. Perfect because we have took all the time to plan as much as possible. This past week I planned to have a smooth week. Unfortantly  due to every technology issue possible noting went as planned. I won't get into details but Id rather focus on the positive. The positive is to make sure that I replan effectively when the original plan does not work out. This is a key quality in being a good teacher. We have so many things working against us we have to build up a strong organization system to fight the bacteria. 


ChiroCourt said...

You are SOOOOOO right. I didn't have a VGA cable for the 1st 3 wks of school to project. The copier and was broken since last school year and my department's printer had no ink...nothing has gone right since school started. I'm back on track and I feel like I'm in the zone. It's always good to have a back-up plan for your back-up plan. And to always remember that the student repeat your struggle even though they may complain. Good insight!

Marc S said...

We plan to be perfect. After all, prior planning prevents poor performance. We are under the magnifying glass as teachers when it comes to our performance. Additionally, planning is what we hang our hats on, so much so that we are allocated a portion of our professional days to manage it. In the video production/ television industry, I am constantly telling my students that “Uncle Murphy” rules. Murphy’s Law seems to be the governing influence in our profession, so we better have an alternate plan. Keeping focus on the positives is critical. We often focus on the positives as educators, and we should be great examples of this practice even during the difficult times in our teaching lives.