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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 23, 2015

What was the event this past week that most took me by surprise - an event where I saw or did something that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt or made me unexpectedly happy?"

My event is a short story this week.

Being new to this teaching gig-Im constantly running around-feeling like I am playing catch up-and always feel like I am forgetting things. UGH! I am starting to get the hang of things slightly but just always go in with an open heart and mind and always do my best for the young people who look to me for guidance! Last week I got some affirmation that what I am doing is being received at my school very well!
It was Thursday and my last class of the day. I had an administrator pop-in for a quick observation or "walk-through". I was walking around the room and helping individual students here and there and looking over work. The bell rang shortly after and the students left for the day and my admin approached me and said "You really look like you are making good progress in the classroom! And the kids respond really well to you! I think we made a good decision bringing you in!" (And I probably shouldnt be repeating this!)
It made me incredibly happy to hear such praise! I am glad to be in a position where what I do on a daily basis makes a difference and positively effects my students and the school. I may not know everything yet but I am working hard and love what I am doing!


T Watts said...

Part of the reason I left my old job, in industry, was that I didn't feel like management really cared about what I was doing, good or bad. It had no effect on my standing with the company, my pay, or anything.

But the cool thing about teaching, like you said, is that everyday you get these little reminders that what you are doing really matters. Sometimes from administrators, but many times from the real bosses, the students. You know, getting paid a lot of money is great, but just the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference means so much more to me at this point in my life.

It sounds like you are getting just that kind of opportunity. Not only that, it appears you are taking advantage of it.

Good job!

Healthcare Science said...

That is great that you received some sort of recognition for your hard work in the classroom. What a great way to end the day. It is always so nerve wracking when you have a walk through as it is. When you receive praise like that it truly does give you confidence in the work you are doing. Especially, being a new teacher I know I always feel like I am running around not knowing what to do or not do and constantly worrying about forgetting something. Good job for making a difference in your classroom.