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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, September 25, 2014

My Hard Work Was Recognized!

I felt most affirmed this week when my principal asked me to organize and lead a staff professional learning unit for project based learning. My principal noted that, the Career Technology Agricultural Education (CTAE) Teachers were doing an excellent job with teaching the students meaningful project based learning lessons. I felt really affirmed by this request because I’m the greenest teacher on the staff; most of my colleagues and average 12 years or greater of service. During a recent classroom observation by district principals and executive directors I was given several compliments regarding teaching strategies and my student’s mastery of the content material.  These compliments were especially rewarding to me because my students are some of the most academically challenged. The recognition provided me with and assurance that all of my hard work is recognized, valued and appreciated. I'm really looking forward to presenting a dynamic professional learning unit on project based learning!  


Dr. J said...

I am glad to see that you received some recognition. You will inspire many with your enthusiasm, whether they tell you or not.
Dr. J.

Erin Dale said...

Being recognized for all of your hard work and patience is sometimes the most satisfying experience as a teacher. It happens too often that good teachers leave the field of education because of a sense of lack of appreciation. We often have a thankless job, but when we are recognized, it makes every moment of stress worth it. To be recognized as an asset by our colleagues and our students is a viatal part of successful teaching. As in any job, those who do not feel appreciated will find a place where they do. Hopefully this experience of validation will encourage even better things to come. :)

C Middlebrooks said...

That is excellent! It is wonderful when administration shows interest in CTAE and recognizes your valuable contribution as a CTAE teacher. In reality, our students learn valuable skills in our classes that aid in their success in other classes. Your recognition shows confidence in your ability and it serves as affirmation for you. Bravo.