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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, February 14, 2014

Mixed Feelings Toward the Snow

I have been thoroughly torn by all of the snow days we have experienced in Cobb County thus far this winter. The teacher/coach (adult) in me is not very happy. Each of my classes now has a week of catch up to do. We will endeavor to get the most important information taken care of so we can move forward with the rest of the semester; I have no doubt about that. In addition to my classes being behind, the off days could not have come at a worse time for the team I coach.

We were playing well heading into the end stretch of the regular season when the first snow occurred. Since that time we have had to cram multiple games into the few school days we had available with few practices in between. The second snow storm has only added to our time off and right before the Region Tournament. With little time to prepare for the most important game of the year I am very frustrated at the timing of it all.

Then there is the other (kid) me. As a child growing up in Georgia snow came rarely, maybe once every other year or two. This meant whenever snow did occur it was a big deal. Fast-forward to the present and the kid in me still relishes the excitement of seeing those magical white flakes pouring down from the sky. In addition, I have two children which show the same level of exhilaration I did during times of snowy weather.

Therefore, I am torn by all of this weather generated time off. I guess as long as I can get the important school related items done; the kid in me can still enjoy the snow.

1 comment:

Trenton said...

Torn is a good description Terry. I don't like that we are falling so far behind in class, and my TSA members are falling behind on their state competition preparation. I too am a Georgia native and the snow here is a rare occasion. It is nice to look out and see the white peaceful scene and the break from the norm is nice. All and all I could have gone either way with the snow, good or bad, just depends on the perspective in which I view it from.