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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?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

sNOw Thank You

I can honestly say that I am not one of the teachers glued to the television or my phone waiting on a snow day to be announced. I love my job, I love my kids, and I certainly love being in the classroom. I want to be at school! I did take advantage of the break, but I haven't been doing very many school things. I have used my "off days" to catch up on a lot of personal tasks that have been put off as a result of being in school. I despise cold weather, so during this most recent snow day I was an absolute bear, and hibernated the entire time indoors, and didn't accomplish much of anything. I am also frustrated with the cold weather because I had a fun outdoor activity planned for my class this week, and now we have to move it indoors. Plus, if the proposal for "no make-up days" does not pass, I don't want to be in the classroom when it is nice outside.


Jonathan Thomas said...

I agree with you. I got a lot of things accomplished that I needed to do as well. It is very difficult to get everything done when you work all day and coach, so this time allowed me to grade papers, enter grades, and work on future lesson plans. In addition, it allowed me time to rest and relax which I think is essential to keep from losing our minds! No matter how much we love our jobs, we all need a break every now and then. The unexpected ones are just an extra bonus!

Mr. H said...

I totally agree with you. However, this Friday I fully wanted to go to school, but a side of me wanted ONE MORE SNOWDAY to solidify the week outage, as a whole.

Once I got the call I was actually in a bit of shell shock, if you will. That idea that two full weeks of instructional hours, and I mean HOURS, were lost to the previous two snowmageddons, left me with a bad taste in my mouth,

We are so behind in work now, and the knowledge now that only a FEW instructional days will be added to the rest of the Fiscal calendar, that leaves me knowing my students will not have as much official time in my presence than I would actually like.

I did prep on Monday for this ordeal ahead of time, doing all of my lectured lessons as I felt needed, and of course posted instructional videos as well. However, no matter how you look at it, flipped classroom or not, in the end that quality in-teacher instructional time has been lost forever.