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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

Suprise! Surprise! Surprise!

I think the thing that baffles me most is teacher behavior.  I feel as though we should all be on the same team, however, most of the teachers I work with are only concerned with themselves. If I have a good idea I want to share it with others and if I see someone presenting an exciting lesson, I would love nothing more than for them to share their secret so that my class will be as engaging as theirs. I have witnessed this with veterans and newbies alike. The overall attitude is "I had to come up with it on my own, you need to do the same".  That quote doesn't necessarily come out of their mouth so much as it is spoken with their body language.  I thought if you signed up to teach, you would not have age discrimination amid your students.  I have a hard time believing that we will all be successful unless we realize the value of working together.  The ultimate goal or win is for our students to learn.  Kids are smart.  They pick up on underlying attitudes and quickly model the behavior they witness.  If we will not support each other, how will they learn the value of helping others?  What are we teaching them with our selfish actions?  


Taylor said...

I hate that you aren't getting support from fellow teachers and that you are having a hard time finding "your group" among the other educators at your school. You mentioned that we should model our positive behavior for the kids. The best advice I can give it to do the same for the teachers. If you keep your positive and helpful attitude, and continue to share your good ideas, maybe your demeanor will wear off on them.
Also, if you want some fun classroom activities, I have had some luck browsing Pinterest. I have even been able to adapt some elementary school lessons to be more age appropriate (since there aren't a LOT of resources for CTAE out there).

Mr. H said...

I feel bad that you are in the position that you are in. I know by doing tech support for the teachers at my High School for the past 7 years, I was able to interact with them in ways I don’t think they did with one another. Now, Department wise I believe that each area collaborated in some way, shape, or form. (I.E. English department shared ideas and such with their own group, Math doing the same, etc.)

The place where I am at now is a lot of the teachers who have given me help/advice came best when I asked about classroom management or how to handle discipline. I have found that every single time all of the teachers I have interacted with have opened up to me greatly about such questions. This, in turn, allows me a chance to say “You know I am doing this with this website…” or I can say, “Well classroom management is the hard part of what I am doing because I am finding a lot of exciting ways of interacting with the students…”.

Maybe approaching this way will help those stubborn teachers open up more. The one thing I have found in doing tech support is that they don’t want to feel inadequate in any way, THEY are the masters of their material. I’ve always said it’s not teaching you how to teach all over again, it’s just showing you a new way to do something you have always done a certain way. One step at a time.

Mr. H.

Henderson said...

Tell me about it!!!! When arrived at my school a few years ago it was exactly the same. I only had one teacher that even spoke to me. Its crazy how things are so competitive and they do not have to be. I received a lot of tension from the music teacher when I decided to start a drama club at my school. She did a musical every year. I felt like she was intimidated by my experience. It was crazy how she would talk bad about me to students and they would come and relay messages. Nevertheless its very sad. We are here for the kids so as long as we put the first nothing else matters.

Dr. J said...

I find this to be true at all levels of education. There is tremendous jealously and competition at the university level teaching. I love to share and also to see good things I can use. I really think it's about self concept and being secure with yourself. That's my hypothesis and I'm sticking with it. I appreciated that you shared with our group this summer! Dr. J.

cortney rae said...

I would never have thought to look on Pinterest. What do you put in the search box to look up activities?