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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?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snowmaggeddon 2014

In the wake of the culmination of two weeks total of snow days, I must say my teaching anchor has been shifted. It's like there is this massive side that says thank goodness for the time off, while the other side says, days are ticking like a watch, never to be given back. In these times like this week I am, indeed, thankful for the time off to be closer to family and friends, but at the same time I yearn to be back in the classroom.

So many of my kids are different than last semester's and it pains me that there are several of them I simply have not connected to like I did the kids in first semester. I don't know what it is but I feel like all of these snow days have put a DENT in the proverbial learning curve. We honestly have not had a solid week of instruction at all this semester, unless it was spent on catch up, and even then it's a mute point.

I have tried to diversify my videos and lectures to what I can share on but that, I feel, is still not enough. I have more kids this semester more interested in Twitter and Facebook posts than giving concrete and sound input to my class and the separation anxiety I feel from the weeks of disruption only compounds this feeling.

My only hope is the coming weeks will have more continuity and I can reach these kids on a level at least SOMEWHAT to how I did first semester, Then , maybe, just maybe, I can reach them and share some knowledge with them that they will take beyond the brick and mortar walls of my classroom.

Mr. H.

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