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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?

Friday, October 16, 2015

"Open Mic"
The past two weeks have been nothing short of fulfillment. I enjoyed an entire week on Fall Break. I'm elated to report I stuck to my guns and created several unit assessments and 15 days worth of lesson plans. I took care of many things I needed to and was delighted to have the time to do so.

Today, a dear friend, whom our paths have crossed over the past two years, and her daughter paid my class a visit. The two of them educated 100+ students on Apert's Syndrome. Her daughter was born with this rare condition in addition to a "cloverleaf skull". She is 1 of 130 ever documented cases with this skull pattern and has been a guest on the "Doctor's" show twice over the course of the past two years. I feel BLESSED to have been an instrument in His works, sharing/enriching our students young lives. I was so PROUD of our students and how they accepted them with open arms and interacted with my friends 3-year-old daughter. She has so many "special needs" and is so different yet her heart desires many wants, needs, and feelings the same as ours. All in all, my cup overflows and I look forward to hearing my students reactions to today on Monday.

Monday our local fire department will be visiting my class as I wrap-up my "Safety Practices" unit. I'm a hands-on learner and am excited to offer a FUN learning environment to my students. I am anxious to see what the future holds yet extremely content in the present!

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