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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

Teamwork/Building Relationships

This past week SkillsUSA hosted the annual Fall Leadership Conference in Saint Simons, Ga. I was the advisor they selected to attend along with 10 students. At first, I was nervous about attending my first SkillsUSA trip alone but then I realized that if I just calmed down a bit I could prepare and organize and eliminate any "issues" that may come along. I went in to super, crazy, organizational file (complete with schedule, medical information, emergency contact), control freak mode. haha I was under the assumption that i was in complete control. I however, did not take into consideration that 4 schools would be sharing the same school bus and we'd all be in different hotels. That cramped my style a little and threw my schedule off a lot. But we all adjusted and things went smoothly. I admire the way the students worked together, the way they adjusted to change in plans, and ultimately the way they bonded. The trip was a huge success. We all learned how to work together, how to get along, and to be leaders. It's so funny how I am supposed to be the teacher but I end up learning so much from them as well. I am so proud of my students. I look forward to this years SkillsUSA Chapter. :)


Dr. J said...

Isn't it a great surprise when learning comes from somewhere or someone when it is least expected?

I am proud of you for reflecting on this experience and growing!

Jama said...

I love these CTSO trips! You get to know the kids so well. I miss going to St Simons (HOSA goes to Atlanta now). I'm so glad your trip went well!!