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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?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Question of the Week October 6:

This quote to me was my theme last year. I was hired 13 days before the school year started and I was handed a set of keys to my room and was told to go teach and have fun. I gave the first part one heck of a try and for the first few months, the “…have fun” part was not going to happen. I had taught at the Law Enforcement Academy for 8 years and when I came to Kell High School I made the mistake of trying to teach the kids the same way as 40yo cops. That first semester was full of disappointments and there were several projects, lectures and assignments that after I started I could tell after the first day or so that it was going to be a huge failure, but I stuck with my guns and acted like whatever we were doing was the most awesome thing that I have ever done. There were several times where after the first few days I could see that the assignment or project was going to be a huge failure and I knew if I stopped and tried something else right then, the kids would know that, as far as I high school teacher, I had no idea what I was doing. The first several months were painful and I wrecked more trains that I care to admit, but I continued to try different ideas, hoping that one would succeed. The first thing that actually worked well was about 2.5 months into the school year. It’s true that I was very disappointed that I kept failing, but at least I kept trying.

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