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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?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Open Mic- Ruth

As a new CTAE teacher I have found that I need more time.  I never could have imaged how demanding this career would be. It is not only demanding, but it never ends. I am learning that even with the demands I have to have a cut off. I have also learned that even when I do my very best there will always be someone to find fault or find a problem.  I have also learned that some students just don't want to be helped at times and I have to respect that. I am aware that the above sounds very negative, but I'm not saying this to be negative, but just to show how I have learned to cope. I truly enjoy teaching, and I actually learn new things all the time. So as a new teacher, I have started setting limits on how much time I spend on my career. I have learned to reach the students I can, and hope to reach the rest. I have also learned to slow down because there is no end. Learning these things has made a big difference in the way I feel when I walk into the building.

1 comment:

C Middlebrooks said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. Even though this is not my first year teaching, I still find myself making the same recitations. I am still setting limits. It can become very overwhelming, especially when you have a family. The students are your family too and the school expects so much out of you. I find myself feeling bad sometimes when I have to leave to tend to my family after school. I feel anxiety because I know my child needs me and he comes first, but the looks on my students’ faces also pull at my heartstrings when I tell them I have to leave after a certain time. And on top of that you have the administrative demands. I don’t see your post as negative at all; it’s just the reality of this profession.