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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 1, 2014

Open Mic 9/29 - Elissa


Is it Christmas break yet! ha kidding:/ So Perfect timing for open mic night as I had my first observation from NTI today. This week was a lot better for me than last week. He came in and I have 10th graders doing knife skills. I am walking briskly around the kitchen trying to make sure all 33 students needs are met, their knife cuts perfect, and that safety and sanitation are in order. I am writing down 33 students comments, taking grades, and making sure I cover all of my NTI bases. Doing this while still trying to be a human....Needless to say I am tired. I have decided after these 2 months of being back in school to have a substitute when I go on maternity leave that can not yes I repeat can not go into the kitchen. Yes I can get a Chef to teach 190 high school students maybe how to cook OK,but,.....does she/he have classroom management? Can they take grades, deal with adolescent attitudes, know how to approach parents, create a working relationship with admin and other teachers? These are things that I as a micro manager are worried about. What about if someone gets hurt in the kitchen, or classroom, cheating, or a piece of equipment breaks, a pest infestation occurs? All of these things have lead me to get a teacher who knows how to run a classroom and go over chapters in my subject area that have nothing to do with cooking or going into the kitchen! ahh that is my open mic for the week finally making a decision on how to leave my home away from home for 12 weeks!


Candice Rayner said...

You seem to really be covering all of the bases as I know you are. I think that you are absolutely correct. I would be afraid that I would come back and everything would be in shambles. I'm glad to see that you are using your organizational skills so wisely and planning ahead. I think that it is awesome that you are having the opportunity to communicate with your substitute so far in advance. It is also great that administration is leaving most of the decision up to you because I'm learning that is not always the case. congratulations on everything.

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