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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, October 22, 2013

Curriculum Changes

At the end of my first year, I started to just get familiar with my career pathway--Law and Justice. Then, I attended a conference in the summer where I was informed everything was changing. All the sudden my program area became a career cluster and the name changed to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security. Then, my pathway became Law Enforcement Services. And as I was just getting familiar with the curriculum and standards, they changed them, but wait just for one course. So now I have new standards for my introductory course which overlap with the old standards for my second course. Therefore, I feel like I am starting over again. Not too mention how I am supposed to juggle overlapping standards in two courses. And if that wasn't enough, I will get a new course next year and the following year. My fellow CTAE teachers say not to worry that they went through this same thing just a few years ago, but I am struggling. Trying to figure all this out on top of TKES, IEPs, RTI, SST, and NTI--I am drowning. They say change is be continued.



LRS said...

I am facing the same struggles. I know a lot of pathways have changed. I know it is essential to keep up with the career field and technology and the changes going on with those but dangggg. Last year, I remember thinking if I can just make it through my first year... I'll have the hang of it, I'll know what all these letters (TKES, RTI, NTI, EOCT, SLO) mean and I'll feel comfortable with it all. I was WRONG! Just when I though I had the hang of it, it changed, they've added more responsibility for teachers. It's gotten worse. The only thing I feel comfortable with is knowing we have each other and together we will make it happen. We can all offer each other support that we know is much needed, support and understanding that "veteran" teachers cannot give us. We're struggling through this together and I guess together isn't such a bad place to be. So, hang in there. If there is any support I can offer, please let me know.

Shirley said...

Jonathan it's funny how we all are going through the same thing. Sometimes I feel as though by the time I catch up, I'm actually 10ft behind. It's a never ending learning process. But like LRS stated, we have each other and at least we know mentally that we're not growing crazy.

Teaching as a profession is definitely challenging but I find that regardless of my constant growing, and support/nonsupport, I look forward to seeing and teaching my students. Somehow the students always remind me to just appreciate life and live in the now. Again, we're all here for each other.