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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?

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Moment

I had my first TKES evaluation of the year this past week and I have a new administrator observing me. I had been out of the classroom two days that week for training and had a substitute in my class. I was teaching several new concepts and feeling really overwhelmed, when she showed up on a Thursday 7th period for the new course that I am teaching this year and to be honest, the one I least familiar with the curriculum. I have to learn much of the material as I go. This particular lesson was on crime sketching and I really enjoy teaching that topic, so I proceeded with the lesson and my assistant principal stayed and she stayed, really getting in to the lesson and what the students were doing. My kids were great, my administrator was really intrigued and everyone in the room was learning something. I felt the most at ease at a moment that I probably shouldn’t and to me that was the moment that I thought, “maybe I am right where I need to be.” I ended up getting my evaluation results the next day and was most pleased and encouraged to hang in there.


1 comment:

Taylor said...

Most people get so worried about walk-throughs and when other adults come into their classroom, but I think you are starting to see it as an opportunity to "show off". I personally get so nervous before administrators come to observe me, but halfway through I see that as long as I teach what I know, it becomes more fun than work. I'm glad you had a good evaluation!