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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, October 13, 2013

I feel like I'm running a business!!!

Over the last few weeks, I feel like a manager running a business and I can see how you have to be really organized to make everything work. In July, our school was fortunate enough to have a new video board installed which is beyond amazing. I've been working with professional directors, photographers, and graphics operators during our varsity football games. When I'm working and training with all of those people I have to train myself as well as my students to do the jobs I listed before for next football season because it must be student rean next football season. It's organized chaos because even though I have good kids to work with, they are still kids. I have to make sure they are doing their jobs (which is filming footage to go on the video board) making a rotation schedule to ensure they train at some point during the game with the professionals, and as I said I have to make sure I'm getting the training that I need. Even though football on Friday nights in the south is known as "Friday night football," I call it "Friday night organized chaos." We are also starting our morning announcements pretty soon and since it wasn't done before in a news format, again, I have to be the one to organize it!!! I have to hold anchor tryouts, purchase more equipment, make sure I have the right software......It's really starting to get overwhelming. However I pride myself in getting things done when I said I would so it's going to be done, however some days it can be very stressful. It's funny when I hear the general public say that teachers don't do anything other than baby-sit kids....REALLY!!! My saving grace this year is that I have a great group of kids who are really interested in learning for the most part. Of course we all have those group of kids in the class who don't want to do anything but fortunately they are few and far between this year. With everything I'm doing it I definitely have a lot more respect for business owners. I've always had respect for them it just went up times 10! It just feels like I'm running a business and that's a good thing and a bad thing. The good part about it is I'm gaining management skills and I'm definitely learning how to be a more efficient multi-tasker. This school year has been busy but as always, I'm up for the challenge and I'm going to come out on top!!!

1 comment:

Terry said...

I totally and completely understand where you are coming from on this post. Coming from the business world I learned quickly that being a teacher was going to require and test all of my past management training. Running a class is very similar to running a business in the areas of decision making, delegating, time management and team building just to name a few. I tell my fellow Hoya teachers all the time that I work harder now than I ever did in the business world. The reason I say that is the fact that you must have a plan for that specific day ready to go EVERY day. That train is leaving the station every morning whether you are ready or not.