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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?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Just a piece of advice....

If I had a new teacher moving in across the hall from me, my first instinct would be I hope he or she knows what he/she is getting him or herself into :) Then once that feeling passed, I would welcome him or her and offer this piece of advice--find at least one hour a day that you can set aside to work in your office/classroom away from distractions. I would give this advice because if there is one thing that I have realized is there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done. Yes, we get a planning period, but do any of us really actually get to plan? My time is spent watching other classes, covering for IEP's, advisement, and oh yeah once I get my bathroom break--it is time to start again. Setting aside at least one hour a day allows for uninterrupted time to read your emails, make a to-do list, get your copies or lesson organized, etc. To me, often it is getting to school early when the kids aren't in the building yet that I can get a lot done. I can't stress how important I think this is to teachers so that they don't get overwhelmed and burnt out so quickly. This is definitely one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, so take the time to breath and enjoy the ride!


1 comment:

Shirley said...

You couldn't have said this any simplier. I so agree setting aside an hour a day to stay on task. I purposely get to school at least one hour prior to kids entering the building. It alleviates hearing announcements, knocking on the door, questions being asked, etc.

It works for me. Yes it's a sacrifice to get up earlier but I realize my sanity is more important than simply saving time. Plus it just helps to stay organized. This piece of advice is something I would definitely add to giving a new CTE teacher.