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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 25, 2014

Open Mic

Once in a while it is fun to blog about anything you like related to you and your school. We call this "open mic." This week is your choice and what you would like to share.

Being a HOSA Advisor is very fun and challenging. In the beginning the interest of the students was huge.  I had 41 students to come out to the first meeting and pay their membership dues.  Then the next meeting ( we meet twice a month) there has only been a faithful few to come and to the meetings and participate in the activities.  I know they are kids but why pay your money and be inactive.  Anyway the HOSA members wanted to bake and sale cupcakes for fundraiser.  Well the fundraiser was approved and the hard work began. We had over 200 paid pre-orders, I assigned each member different assignments who would bake, who would ice, and so forth; well of course it didn't go that way.  I walked out for a brief moment for a PTC and came back, all 12 members that stayed was baking and it was a mess.  LOL but i let them work it out and it turned out ok.  The only problem with that was everyone was leaving early and not having enough members to finish the boxing and frosting of the cupcakes.  It was frustrating especially when its down to one student left icing cupcakes while i wash dishes. When its all said and done the fundraiser was a success.  The next time we will do things differently 


Tawanna Cummings said...

I am new to Health Care Science and students are already approaching me about reinstating HOSA at the school. I am starting my second week in the classroom so I will not open that chapter until January. Thank you for providing feedback on the organization.

sandra Fingall said...

I am so glad to hear the experiences about starting or reinstating these organizations at school. My school is wanting me to implement Skills USA. Although I am willing, your comments about the experiences with the extra work required and lack of student complete commitment helps for me to consider what to do at my school. With our SIG there is so much that we are required to do additionally to satisfy the requirements of the grant. Careful evaluation on my part is needed.

Alicia Brooks said...

Sandra & Tawanna

Do not get discouraged. It is very rewarding to see the students having a good time participating in the club. My frustration is starting out big and only having the same 12 to participate. I am having a club meeting this week Thursday.....I normally do not say anything and let the officers conduct the meeting; but I will voice my concerns about the lack of participation from other members, the president and vice president; reminding them that this is their club not mine and it is up to you all to make HOSA stand out.

Rather it's HOSA or Skills USA..... It is up to the students to make it vibe