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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

It's definitely not easy!!!

One thing I would like to elaborate on is just how difficult it is to actually run an effective CTAE program. A lot of people and some of my collegues don't really know what it's like to work in a career that was not teaching, switch careers and then teach. When someone asks me, "Could you put together a small piece for me in two or three days?" Yes, I'll take out my magic camera, call my 24-hour on-call editor, and unlimited hours in the day wish genie and I'll be glad to do it for you. It's not that easy!!! It takes time to do something like that and I wish that people understand me when I say in order for me or some of my students to do a project right, it takes a thorough planning process!!! Something I would change about CTAE courses is the amount of students that are placed in my classes. I can honestly say it's a blessing and a curse. The fact that my classes are full is job security, however when there's over 30 kids in my classes, it's hard to focus on certain kids even though they need the extra attention. Although the high numbers are great, I wish that there was a more thorough selection process for the level two and three students because honestly, some of the kids don't belong in level one or two classes. I would rather have 15 students students who are actually interested in Audio and Video, than 30 who don't want anything to do with broadcasting. Other than the factors listed above, teaching CTAE classes are great, we're all going to have our ups and downs, it's just a matter of how we handle them.


Jonathan Thomas said...


I completely understand where you are coming from. I have students that showed up in my third level course which is being offered for the first time this year that haven't had my first or second course. So that is making it extremely difficult because they don't all have the same knowledge base. However, it is much more manageable because I only have 12 in that class, compared to 30 in the others. I can see how someone could be much more productive in a small setting. Growing a program takes time, but it is frustrating when there are outside factors that you can't control.


Taylor said...

I completely understand your issues with people wanting you to magically make them a video. My other "favorite" request is when they send a student to come find me because their SMARTboard isn't working, or they can't change the channel on their television. I teach CHILDREN how to use cameras. I am not a television repair person! haha
Also, is it possible for you to work closely with guidance or your supervisor to select your level 2 and 3 students? My higher level kids produce the morning announcement show, so I use that as an excuse (for lack of a better word) to let administration know that I need to select my "team".