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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, March 14, 2014

Everyday is a learning curve.......

I am really not sure if I should say this out loud and I hope it is not a disappointment to our fearless instructor, but I tell you what, I feel like everyday I am reevaluating myself and my plans for instruction. Y'all know me and to say that I am an overachiever is an understatement so this is a real struggle. Maybe this is what is supposed to be like as an educator, constant evaluation/reevaluation so that we do not get stagnant. More often than not, I feel like we are in the 9th inning with bases loaded and I strike out... can I get an amen??? Can someone give me some pointers on how you handle these overwhelming feelings of "is this ever going to get easier"?


Mr. H said...

I feel your pain and yes you can get an, “Amen!” to that. I know a lot of teachers who have been here in the CTAE/ Vocational field for decades, and they still have issues with being overwhelmed. I actually don’t feel bad anymore venting about issues I am facing with content or trouble students. I think sometimes it is good to get that stuff out and move on. Such times of reflection, I know at least for me, are a constant reminder that while we want to get into a “routine” such thoughts are impossible.

I say this because the world around us is changing every day. Students ten years ago are nothing like the students of today. And in another ten years from now the students we now have will be nothing like those in our near future. The best advice I can give you is have some kind of outlet. Venting to a friend/partner/spouse is a good start, but having a network of support, maybe a hobby like reading, gardening, working out, or playing video games will help tremendously as well.
Hope this helps!

Mr. H

cortney rae said...

Thanks Mr. H!
I am running again and that does help to clear my head. It gives me different aches and pains to think about. I truly value our "group" and I feel like you guys are the best support system out there. I think because we all come from industry and not education we have a better understanding of the frustrations than teachers in our own buildings with no other job experience. We are hired for our experience/expertise and then placed in a class full of savages (lol) and expected to be as good there as we were in our field. I am sitting on my couch in my fuzzy pants now contemplating on the next move for lesson planning. I know I am growing. When I started this journey a year ago I kept thinking about how it was when I was in school (24 years ago) and how I wanted it to be like that now. Gone are the days of past. In order for me to do well, I must constantly shift and change...

Terry said...

Your version of "striking out with the bases loaded" is probably not what others would consider a fail. If you are the type of person who feels you must continually improve and evaluate and re-do, you are likely an overachiever. (You are, by the way!) And as an overachiever you are going to get up and get right back in the batter's box again and again and again.

Jonathan Thomas said...

AMEN! I ask myself that question every day! And to be honest, it is only getting harder! Part of my problem, is I can't get all the "other stuff" done to get to the point where I am getting to concentrate on my lessons they way I would like to. So, I end up working day to day to complete what is due that particular day. I know this isn't ideal, but right now it is the best I can do. I am just trying to keep my head above water. I am like you, I don't want to complain, but I am worn out.