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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?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Like the the least..Chef Oliver 12/1

Well... to start this blog off I did love the week we just had off for Thanksgiving! I am ready for Christmas break that is for sure.

People ask me all the time why teach when your re a Chef? I respond WHY NOT! I love my job for the most part. We work for the government so we have great benefits, paid time off, I live 1 mile from my job, I run my own program and get to be creative day to day, and I know I am good at what I do. With all that being said I have worked in Country Clubs, restaurants, Viking cooking school, and in people’s homes as a private chef. When I heard about a job opening for a Culinary Instructor at a high school I thought "Could this be real it is my dream job to teach high schoolers the trade of cooking and all that goes into it." I knew it would be work but honestly thought how hard can it be? If you don’t love your job it is hard. I come to "work" I guess I can call it every day with new ideas and get to see the students I know truly love this class. They leave me nice notes, emails and are positive for the most part during our lessons. This is what makes this job worth all of the 'not so great things'. I am so passionate about what I do that it rubs off on the students, their parents, other teachers and community. Many of my students work in a food industry and they will continue to do that some the rest of their lives. I am here to engage the students I can and to train them for the real world. If they go into a job and are ahead on knowing things I had a part in that! This job is a dream comes true I could not think of doing something else in my professional career. Even if it is just a handful of students that I make an impact for I have done my job. This is the article about Thanksgiving pies we raised over $2,300.00 profit for our program and it would not have been possible without all of my students.

Now for the parts of my job I like the least. I would have to say not having the full 188 kids I teach totally engaged in what I am teaching. I know it is an elective and most of my kids love it but I have to make the others love it as much as I do. That is a challenge. I would also like more money but honestly who wouldn’t??? You do not go into teaching for the money! I believe we have a good budget for the food/materials we use in the kitchen but we always need more. That is why we cater and fundraise! It is nice that the Fulton County maintence fixes everything for free!! I really don’t have a lot to not like as I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get up every morning and LOVE what I do, who I work with and the lives I touch.


1 comment:

Casey F said...

I agree about loving your job. Teaching feels like less "work" to me than nursing ever did even though I go home and search for a cool way to teach the next best thing. I truly enjoy this job, and I can tell that you enjoy your position as well.
I do wish we could have more money, but I remind myself that the art teacher has no funds while I have many. Imagine that, an art teacher can't get funds! It is a struggle making some students love what you love, and I look at them sometimes wondering, "Why don't you get it!?" I suppose this is a type of wisdom we get with experience that we could never be taught.