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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?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try"

This quote provokes so many personal thoughts for me.  There was a time in my life when my mind felt paralyzed and I didn't follow my passions and dreams.  The feelings that resulted from that time were disappointment and doom.  I felt like I had fallen in a deep hole and didn't have away out.  When I found my way out I realized that I would be willing to take on any challenge to fulfill my dreams even if I failed trying.  Although that doomed feeling was awful it produced a tremendous amount of gratitude in me.  I have gotten overwhelmed a time or two this school year with all that I have on my plate.  I haven't perfected my organizational skills yet.  My classroom plans don't always work out.  I don't feel like the world's greatest mom these days, being stretched in so many directions.  Yet I am so thankful to be in this position right now.  I would rather be in the race and feel the pressure of the long stretches than sitting on the sideline wondering what it would feel like to be in the race.  I am having the time of my life trying to rise to the occasion of the challenges that I have asked for.  I am so thankful for this opportunity in my life right now.  I know it is more overwhelming to be doing nothing or not embracing the challenge to live life to it's fullest.

Grateful Candice


Tennille Rainey said...

I COMPLETELY understand this, I too felt at a point in my life it was time for me to move because I wasn't where i wanted to be or intended to be. I knew it would be a journey, but i did it because I tried!

Kim Nix said...

Candice you are an amazing mom, wife, and teacher! You always give your best and I am sure that your kids, husband, and students know that. You have such a big heart and give so much. I feel so blessed to have met such a sweet friend. I love your positive attitude. Keep your head held high pretty lady! These days will pass all too soon and we will look back and see that it's all worth it. You got this! ;)