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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Be the best and "raise" the best

I would say, for the most part, I agree with the statement "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have." My husband and I were just talking the other night about how much a responsibility teachers have to help mold generations. We were discussing the things our teachers were allowed to do, versus the restrictions on teachers now-a-days, and how we understand when our parents start stories with "back in my day..." When you really think about it, the vast majority of our students have limited access to adults: their parents and their teachers. Not only are we responsible for doing our job and teaching them the subject matter assigned, but we are also an example of how human beings should act. Think about it, if little Bobby only hears me, his teacher, an adult he spends several hours with per week, constantly complain about my job, gripe about low pay, use the phrase "that's not my responsibility", etc., then little Bobby will think that is how you are expected to act as an adult. This is especially true if his parents or other family members act the same way. It breaks my heart when I hear teachers counting down the days until the next break or until retirement. I firmly believe that if you don't love what you do, do something else. I have made my husband promise me that as soon as I dread coming to school and spending time educating these kids, that he better give me a good shaking and tell me to go do something else. I feel that I was selected for this job because I was among the best at what I do, and all teachers should be held to that same standard.

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