Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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, October 13, 2013

Blog early,,,,,and often!

I decided I would use our “open mic” opportunity to challenge myself and all of you, my classmates. Over the first half of this semester I have done a poor job of timely blogging. Waiting to the last moment to brainstorm, pen and publish a post doesn’t allow me to effectively read all of the other writings on the blog site. This usually means some VERY good blog posts go lonely and unread. Poor little blog post; standing out there in the cold all alone with no one to appreciate it. They deserve better.

I spent a good portion of Sunday reading through many of the past posts and most are really, really good. These writings reflect situations and feelings which all of us can likely relate to. Going forward, I am going to push myself to get my blog posted earlier so I can read through all of the other postings and attempt to respond to more than one.

We all strive to write an exciting blog post which everyone will want to read and respond to so let’s help each other out and make the extra effort. Overall, this class is a strong group of teachers with individual areas of talent which have melded into a good team. Unfortunately, we are spread widely geographically so it is tough to really appreciate our talents outside of the blog.

1 comment:

Shirley said...

You are so right Terry! I am working on adapting the "do it early" syndrome in just about all of my duties now. It alleviates stress and anxiety but encourages thoughtfulness towards our colleagues and even our students.

As professionals, it is so easy to become selfish and reflect on all of our responsibilities while not realizing that others value our advice/expertise as well. Taking time out of our busy schedule to help each other is priceless. In this case, as a Career and Technical Education Teacher, we should truly value and appreciate each other. No one can do this rewarding career by themselves.