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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, September 30, 2016

Happy unexpectantly....

I was already aware that for whatever reason, my AP Evaluator likes me, and loves how I run my classroom, but I was not aware that she sings my praises to other teachers throughout the campus. One of the brand new teachers to our CTAE department was told by my evaluator that if she has questions about anything, whether it be lesson plans, differentiation strategies, classroom management tools, or just a listening ear to "go and see Ms. Goodson." The thing that fills my heart with joy in addition to have my praises sang, I am not this new teacher's mentor. In fact, her mentor is a fellow co worker who has been teaching for over 10 years, but the new teacher was instructed to ask me, the non veteran teacher in her 3rd year! Huge compliment, and being overly flattered doesn't even scratch the surface of how honored I feel! I am thrilled to see that all of the over time hours with no additional compensation I have spent in trying to create new and exciting assignments for my students' engagement are not going unnoticed. Yaaayyyyy ME!!!!!!!!!!!!


James Holdsworth said...

Hey Yvonne, I just wanted to say congratulations! I think it is a huge achievement to be a 3rd year teacher who takes precedence over a 10 year mentor teacher. I think that also speaks volumes at how effective our NTI program lead by the great Dr. Burns is! When I stepped into education I had no idea how involved and complex teaching actually is. I feel that in order to be an effective teacher, you have to be taught to do so correctly (ironic right?). After proper education it is then up to the teacher to incorporate these methods and maintain their integrity. So again, congratulations, continue to be a superstar in the classroom!

Suzanne Ward said...

You should, indeed, feel proud in this scenario, Yvonne! I'm so glad that you shared it with us...

Your efforts have not only been noticed, but have been pointed out as a role model for others. Your hard work is already paying dividends in many ways, I suspect. Keep up the excellent work!