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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 3, 2013

Stick to the Script...

There are several things that I am actively working on improving as a teacher this semester. The one thing that I rank as most important to work on is "sticking to the script" that I have made for myself. I have a plan that includes arriving to work early and staying to about 5:00pm daily to complete more work instead of taking so much work home with me. The problem I am having is that I have a big heart and I love to help people which is one of the reasons I went to Nusing School. Even though my classroom is in the back of my school I am often call upon to help with emergency situations in the school with students and faculty when they are injured or ill. I have to run all the way to the front of the school and to they other side of the school in response to these calls. I guess you may be wondering by now "where is your school nurse?". Well, we now have a school nurse, however, she is not scheduled to work a full day and she only works three days a week. Now, to make it relevant. Often times I have been called upon during the school day to address immediate issues and after school when I am trying to check my emails, grade student work, and do lesson planning and classroom set-up for the next day. I find that I am not able to complete my own work and then I either have to take more home with me or I have to try to complete it in the morning which is NOT good. I have got to find a way to stick to MY script so that I will be able to complete all the things that are required of me as a teacher since that is the capacity I am hired in. I was recently called to the main office for an injured student and stayed about 45 minutes along with administrators. I have got to figure out a way to say "no" to these types of situations without coming off as rude, non-compliant, or insubordinate.

1 comment:

Mark said...

I agree Sonya. One of the things I believe is sticking to the script but I must admit, it is difficult sometimes. One of the things I am good at is catering toward my classes but I find that if I veer away from my plan, typically my lessons don't go very well.
One thing that I learned very quickly is that you can't please everybody! If you try to please everybody then you will wear yourself out! Although having a good heart is a wonderful thing, like I said earlier, you can't plaease everyone. I know it hurts that you can't help everyone, but sometimes it's the best thing to say "no" sometimes.