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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 29, 2013

Roll With The Changes

A student reluctantly enrolled in my class is a hurdle I did not anticipate as a new teacher. Initially, I was not alarmed by it on paper. However, once the students infiltrated my class, I knew I was in for an instructional battle as a new teacher. My remedy was impulsive. Instead of trying to sell a student on my video program, I simply attempted to sell the student on “me.” I found this to be an effective strategy. I found that once the students bought in with my teaching strategies, my curriculum was more easily processed. I discovered the seniors placed in my class are the most difficult. They often come into the class with false expectations. That is, they think they will do minimal work and only do the “fun stuff” (as they put it). I believe this is something we will always see in CTE, so we have to stay true to who we are as teachers. After all, our professional expertise is not the only trait we rely on daily. Our passion to want to be teachers has paved this new career path for each of us. Our passion and our persistence to be engaging will keep us on firm ground when all else is seemingly crumbling before us. Scheduling headaches will come and go, and so will those wayward students. Teaching is all about the kids, even the tough to reach ones. The challenge to impress our programs upon them may make us better teachers.

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