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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, March 23, 2014

Open Mic

I have to say that even though this is my second year, I feel that I am not doing as good of job as I was last year. Perhaps it is because I took on additional coaching responsibilities or perhaps it is because I am trying to balance the additional work from NTI with my already overwhelming tasks. Or maybe it is because since I have been going through NTI, I am learning all the things that I didn't do the first year. No matter what the reasoning, I am frustrated. This is a frustration that is making me reconsider education altogether. Maybe you all have felt it at one time or another over the past year, but teaching is not easy and I am really second-guessing if this is for me or not. For example, I was notified last week at the last minute that I have to be out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for S.L.O. Training. So, of course I didn't have time to prepare during the day to be absent three days, and I don't have time after school because I am coaching. I spent all day yesterday at a track meet, so this afternoon I had to go to school and prepare my substitute plans and make copies. Needless to say, I am exhausted and being out of the classroom only creates more work. So, I am highly anticipating Spring Break for a mental break. I appreciate everyone listening to my rant..

1 comment:

LRS said...

I feel the same way sometimes. You aren't alone. I don't know why they spring things upon us at last moment and expect us to be ready to roll. My school does that all the dang time. It's ridiculous. I was considering helping out coaching next year but I think I'll take some time to myself to figure out what exactly I want to do. I can't imagine handling a full load at work, being in college, and coaching. Props to you! :) Hang in there and hopefully spring break will be just what you needed to get caught up mentally! Teaching is the hardest job I've ever had, its so mentally exhausting!