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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, December 4, 2014

Reflections of a CTE Teacher by Jennifer W.

I was in a position I loved, at a hospital that I loved with colleagues that were more like family than colleagues when my teaching position “fell” in my lap. I’m a spiritual person and at the time was praying that God guide my life and my steps. Little did I know this would be the path he would lead me down.

There are days I ask him, “Are you really sure this is where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing?” It never fails when I ask that question I receive a quick reassurance that yes, I am. So I have to say the thing I love the most about being a CTE teacher is I know I am filling the purpose of my life. That isn’t to say that when I am working at the hospital I’m not doing the same but I’m serving a different purpose. It is a feeling like no other when I had a student come to me at the end of the school year and tell me that what she learned in my class helped her save her mother’s life when she was having a heart attack. Or that I am able to be there for a student whose mother is dying from terminal cancer and my student has no other support system. Yes, I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they are learning a new procedure or diagnosing a disease but being able to be a positive influence in their lives means so much more! I don’t think as a regular ED teacher I would be able to connect with my students the way that I do, nor do I think I would have the same respect they give me. They know that I what I am teaching them is “real world”, they see me in my scrubs on the days I have to work at the hospital afterschool. They hear my stories of patients I’ve cared for and that I believe is the reason I am able to gain their respect so quickly and easily.


This year has been more challenging for me than last year which was my first year teaching. My students are very different and I’m having to learn to adapt to them. There have been more days this year than last that I do ask, “God are you sure about this”? But with all the challenges I’ve faced with the students this year nothing compares to the pay. That is hands down without a doubt the one thing I DISLIKE most about my job. I am working more hours at the school and I took a greater than 50% pay cut from what I made working in the hospital. I won’t lie and say it’s been easy or no big deal because it has. Unlike most of my fellow teachers I’m not privileged with the week-long breaks and vacations that occur with this line of work. When I am not working at the school I am working at the hospital to try and make up a little of the pay cut. Sorry to be Debbie Downer but unfortunately that is my reality.


Over all I have no regrets on my decision to become a teacher. I don’t know how long this journey will last, it may be another year or it may be 30 more, only God knows the answer to that question. I will continue to share my love of nursing with my students and try be a positive role model for them and help them pursue as they pursue their life goals.


Ruth Q said...

Hi Jen, I enjoyed reading your post and I agree 100% with you about the pay. I hope one day teachers will be paid at least half of what they are wroth. I can't wait until I'm able to get a PRN job so that I can purchase extra things for my students. Keep up the good work.

Candice Rayner said...

Hi Jennifer,I also enjoy making a difference in the lives of my students. I agree with you that it is great to be doing what God has for you to do. I do believe that when you are in his will the pay and everything else will fall right where he wants it. Your students are very fortunate to have such a dedcated and passionate teacher.