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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?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Reflecting on my teaching experiences from this past week, I am most proud of the growth I feel I have helped bring to our district's program. I was granted the opportunity to start Healthcare Science on the Middle School level in our district last year. Today I sit/stand among many of the students I taught last year. It's exciting to see the impact I apparently made on them and to continue that impact is a true honor.

Students are really pumped about a field trip I largely played a part in as well as a community service project our HOSA Club is hosting. On October 26th, 70 students (we had to place a "cap" on it; yet anticipate going back in the Spring) from our HOSA club (primarily Healthcare Science students) will embark on a journey to Chattanooga. There we will visit the Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Life Force Helipad. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals coordinator in Chattanooga has set-up numerous healthcare providers to speak to our students. 

The most rewarding part of ALL that's to come is our Chattanooga field trip, it FILLED within 30 minutes of opening it to "paying" students. Students have also collected a massive amount of "pop-tabs" as our Community Service Project. We will deliver over 60 POUNDS of pop-tabs...A BUNCH to the Ronald McDonald House. The RMH will in turn cash them in to provide families with injured or ill children to stay close by at $10 per night or a 20-minute chore each day. Funds from pop-tabs also keep their lights on and doors open. I LOVE the fact I have showed our young people how easy it is for them to help and impact others. Saving pop-tabs is EASY! 

I believe all of this and more has come from "my maker's" plan for me. When you live it and experience it first hand, it truly sheds light on the "little" things. This is also why I teach. For those who don't know (all of you except 2), you are welcome to google my 8-year-old daughters name. Giving God ALL the glory for All He has done and does for me!! Have a BLESSED day and I'll "hear" you SOON!

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