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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?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Struggles of Past Week 9/15

"Of everything I did this past week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again? And, why"? 
I have been unorganized this past week. I stress when everything is all over the place. I feel like I’ve taken on too much and cannot keep up. I am trying to make prioritized to-do lists. This week I’ve only added instead of checked-off. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have made more time after school to get things done. I’ve tried to protect my time off by not working late hours or at home this year. Instead of having my rest and at home time with my family, I’m grumpy and I stress about what I should have stayed and done or taken home. I struggle daily with a co-worker that isn’t much of a team player and takes advantage of those that are. I would have said “no” a lot more this past week. 


Ruth Q said...

Hi Kim, your struggles this past week really hit home for me. This is my first year teaching, but I too struggle to do all that is required. Over the summer we made out a classroom management plan and I had a really good plan, but that's all it was. I haven't been able to leave work on time since I started. I try to get there early too, but it seems that someone is always waiting to strike up a conversation. I want so much to stick with my plan and have some days that I just go home and spend time with my family. I feel so unorganized and almost helpless at times. I am going to try to say "no"more too. I think that some of the experienced teachers don't realize that we have to learn a lot and that we have a lot on our plates. One thing that has helped me is taking my lunch no matter what. I hope next week is better for you.

Dr. J said...

I have learned over the years to keep a list as well. Some weeks I am better than others on working my list. Other weeks I let other stuff get in the way. You are brand new and having to figure a lot of things out. Be patient with yourself. When I look at my list I do what NEEDS to be done; if I finish I go to what is NICE to be done. I cross out stuff that is NUTS to do. At some point I have to say what I have done is good enough and know that I've done what I can do and that I have done my best. You'll get there! Dr. J.