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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?

Friday, October 10, 2014

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

This quote hit home a little for this week. After the grueling week last week, I did some soul searching and found that if I fail at one thing that's better than not trying at all. I feel like as teachers and adults we are often times to hard on ourselves. Lets face it, we can only do the best we can. If the students don't want to learn it then that's on them. "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." We just have to keep our heads high and know that we are reaching students who care and are preparing for a bright future. As I tell them, I hope you are getting this so I can some day retire.


Larry Alford said...

I agree with you, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." I think that the age of the students being hungry for knowledge is over. We are living and working during a transformational era. The students today are so overwhelmingly bombarded with information that it’s hard for them to remain focused on any subject area for any period of time. The NTI strategies that we learned this summer have helped me better serve my students. I often wonder where are we headed as a social full of kids “connected” but “can’t be connected to.”

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