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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, February 17, 2014

Hip Hip Snow Day!!

I am such a child at heart I was just too excited about the snow days! I was seriously the same staring out the window waiting for it to fall, changing clothes 3 times because I was wet from snow ball fights, snowman making, frozen nose and fingers child as I remember. Nothing excites me more than snow. I had a blast. I took off my teacher hat completely! I didn't think of work or school at all. I've come to the realization that if I decide to be OFF, than that's just what I need to be. I am at work enough of the time so I shouldn't be working while I am at home. It's kind of hard to do at first but once I go the hang of it, I felt so much less stressed and more relaxed. Now it does mean that when I am at work, I WORK. I don't have time to relax a little between tasks. I am pedal to the metal working. But it feels nice knowing that when I leave work, I'm not dragging home projects that need to be graded or tests. I am simply off. Now I do think of my kids and often think of ways I will better my lessons but I don't designate time during my off days to finish tasks from the week before. You all should try it. Totally makes me happy, it may you too!

1 comment:

cortney rae said...

I totally agree with you. While I did not get out and play in the cold, I did enjoy the time off. I work really hard at school. Like you, I am learning that when I am off, I am OFF! It is really hard especially when you are a type A like me, however, if you don't learn to quit with the clock, you will NEVER quit. My family is very important and my students are very important. Learning to keep the balance will keep me BALANCED!!! Hoorah for snow days!!!