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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, November 13, 2014

"This is what being a teacher is really all about"?

I could somewhat see leaves on a tree mockingly waving at me through my shattered passenger door window.  As I searched around my car to make sure no valuables had been taken in this brazen attempt at theft in the faculty parking lot, my mind wondered.  "How could this have happened,  could it have been prevented?" Then I asked myself:  "What was I doing at the time of this tragedy?"  I had to retrace my steps...My day certainly started out okay:  One of my colleagues invited me to and paid for my breakfast of two burritos with OJ (although one of those burritos went to a student who out of the blue said she was hungry and had missed breakfast to drop her brother to school).  I stayed up the night before to finish today's lesson plans, as this was a Monday, and I wasn't about to miss Monday Night Football.  I had just about finished my breakfast, when I saw my supervisor taking a seat in the back of the class.  My mind suddenly jolts as I realize that I am being evaluated!  I taught my classes, trying not to be mindful of the evaluator, just trying to remember to relax and just do what I do everyday.  Maybe I could have shortened the conversation I had with a student who was heartbroken because he and his girlfriend had just broken-up.  Long story short, "teenage drama".  I eventually ran across an email regarding a faculty meeting after school, so I rushed to the meeting which consisted of going over all the things I am suppose to be doing outside of teaching, and how I am to enforce this rule, that rule, and Oh don't forget about this new rule.  Looking back on the day, there was nothing that I could have done differently to prevent the attempted break-in.  I am perplexed and confused until I find myself in the parking lot sitting in my car with my window shattered, and then it hits me...Ohhhhh that's why my window is broken, I left change in my center cup holder.

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