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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?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014 (Jan)

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."

This week I was asked to help judge the try-outs for the McEachern dance team. I am not sure why, since I know nothing about dancing, but I was honored to be there. As I watched the dancers  it was obvious, even to my untrained eye, who could dance and who couldn't. I admired the girls who showed up and tried their best. I am sure that some of them had an idea that they would not make the team, but they were there anyway. That is how I feel as a CTE teacher. I know that I will not reach all of my students and inspire them to go into the healthcare field. But, If I don't try, then all those bright young adults will never know the possibilities that await them in the future. That is what keeps me going when I feel overwhelmed. I feel that if I show up and reach just one child I have succeeded.


Jennifer W said...

Thank you Jan for your comment. This year is a struggle for me. I know there are a few students that I am connecting with who are now sharing my passion for healthcare. Your words help encourage me to stay focused on helping those that want my help and keep on trying for those that do not. This was exactly what I needed to hear.

Chris Cannon said...

Hey Jan, that is awesome that you did not let the fact that you had no experience keep you from attempting to help young adults strive for their goal of dancing. You never now if you can do something unless you try and that goes for the Teacher / Judge and student. Just like my role as an SRO, if I can just reach one person I feel it is a victory.