Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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 15, 2013

Who Knew!?!?! Free Style!!!!!!!!

Wow. I must say, this career is like no other. I have worn many hats in my time: construction, metal fabrication, machine tool, retail management, sales, business owner, and more. None of which could compare to the level of dedication, emotion, and planning that is involved in teaching high school students. I say high school because it is all I know. I am sure there are a number of eccentric variables in other levels of education. Much like a teenager eager to jump feet first into the real world, no explanation could describe or prepare me for what to expect going into it. My grandfather has always been my biggest role model. Growing up I spent as many opportunities around him that I could. Being from a single mother home, I suppose it was in search of a male role model (and what a great one). He taught Metal Tech for 35 years at the high and tech school level. I remember then (and still now) there wasn’t anywhere within 15 miles of Columbus we could go without getting stopped. Most always it was to thank him for helping them, teaching them, or supporting them in some way. There was always a story involved concerning what they had taken from an experience with him. As a child this was of course lengthy and unbearable. As I got older this became a source of great respect and further admiration of him. Granddaddy did warn me of the many complications that were involved in teaching, as did a number of other previous teachers I know. It was always a warning of the “politics” involved in teaching and of the red tape and regulation. This seemed trivial to me from an outside perspective. I thought “most of your time is spent with the students, teaching. How much other stuff could there be”. Well, in retrospect, their warnings were completely ligament and never over exaggerated. But they were also correct in the fact that it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I have also met some big hearts and beautiful soles in students and teachers alike I may not have found otherwise.

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