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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?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Skills USA and My New Classroom

It never surprises me how students forget everything. I have been planning to take my kids to the Fall Leadership Conference for Skills USA since the first day of school. I outlined all the due dates for funds for students to pay. It amazes me how many excuses kids can come up with. I tell them that they can not write checks, seeing how our school does not accept checks. Nevertheless they bring a check and have it written to me. As if Im just suppose to go an extra mile and cash it and turn the money in. One kid actually had the nerve to bring a check written out to "Mr. Maddox" . Not Henderson Maddox, I was shocked and amazed. And to think that his mom wrote the check.

I aslo got the chance to visit my new classroom in the new Maynard Jackson High School building. As soon as we arrived for the tour, I sneaked off and headed down the hall searching for my new home. Following the maps I ended up in the art room. I quickly realized that I was in the wrong place. It was an easy mistake seeing how all the room are basically unpainted dry wall with concrete floors. When I made it to my room it was like I was in heaven. A few co-workers and I joked about how the new building was heaven and that not everyone was going to make it into the pearly gates. I started to plan out every inch of the room and what the new rules would be. Then I was hit with the news that the Mac lab I fought so hard was not going to happen. Apparently my seminar portion of my lab was not set up for a lab. I fought for the lab because I only have 6 edit bays but 30 kids. It really is not best for learning in the beginning foundation courses. I did speak with a contractor who informed me that it could be set up to accommodate. Now I have the challenge of convincing administration yet again to make alterations to the plans to accommodate my program.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Hello Henderson,
I was sad to see that you have to go back to the drawing board with administration about the needs of your program. I am sure you feel frustrated and I hope you remember that we are supporting you here at GSU. Maybe Dr. Montrois will have an idea or two for you when he visits. Dr. J