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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
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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, September 10, 2015

This is What it is All About

Honestly, I'm not certain I have experienced that "ah-ha" moment. I do believe I have received  confirmation on more than one occasion. A month after I left my "industry", the dental practice I had been with nearly ten years, sold the practice to a management firm. My husband and children have enjoyed having me around during school breaks, on snow days, and at extracurricular activities in the evening. In terms of my students, I have most recently had one student enthusiastically approach me and state she knew what she wanted to do. Her goal is to graduate as a CNA, go to college, and become a Nurse Practitioner. This particular student has really changed...she's much more involved and "serious" in my classroom now. Currently, I am in the final days of my employability unit and a student commented on how she attempted to put many things to use she had recently learned in my class during her student council interview. The thought of me impacting these young people in such a positive way fills me with gratitude.

Our HOSA Club has drastically grown this year! My career pathway program is HUGE. I have 31 or 32 students in each of my 6 classes. GREAT things are in the making!!! :o)

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