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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?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Open Mic- Chasity

This week our fall break starts Thursday (after PD).  I am truly looking forward to it.  Prior to becoming a teacher, I could never understand why teachers needed so much time off.  I understand now. Teaching is not like any other profession.  It takes so much out of you, but the reward is great.  This semester has been very busy, overwhelming, and a host of other things, but with things like fall break, Thanksgiving break and Christmas break sprinkled throughout the semester, its not so bad.  Now I understand why teachers look forward to the breaks.  WE NEED THEM! J  I love my job, but sometimes it can be frustrating and never ending.


Candice Rayner said...

Boy do I know what you mean. I wish that I had a break soon. We don't have a break until Thanksgiving and I'm overwhelmed but loving it. I now realize as well why teachers need so much time as well. There is always so much to do on a time schedule. I keep hearing it gets easier with time. I'm looking for time to make my class better, time to grade papers, time to post grades, time for meetings, and time for myself. Lucky you, FALL BREAK! enjoy.

cali b said...

I agree with you that the IRAC method of writing is a useful tool for all students to use. It gives clarity to whatever is being written to be understood by the reader. Thank you for sharing this idea. Although I use the IRAC method, I have only introduced it to my MOOT COURT students. You have given me the idea to use it with all of my students. Every day I give my students a question of the day to write about. The purpose is to give them practice in writing. Adding the element of critical thinking will be differential for all students. I just have to revise my quotes to be answered in the IRAC format.