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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?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Last week was our annual homecoming week, witch I participated in when i was in high school here at MCHS. One thing that I have noticed over when  I was in school is that the kids are much rowdier than we were in school. Last year I was ready to quit feeling that I could not conduct class and the kids were out of hand. Upon speaking to veteran teachers it is across the board, this year was not as bad as last but still was not a productive week in the classroom. It feels that the front office gives the students a free pass to be crazy, and the academic teachers have given up. So if the kids are not doing anything in their academic they feel that they shouldn't have to do anything in CTAE either. ( Venting over). I feel better now ;)


James Holdsworth said...

Well I am glad to know that I am not the only one who thinks this way. My second year has been much easier when dealing with classroom management, specifically discipline issues, but I still have my hard days. When looking at the current generation in high school, I still find myself unable to figure out how kids got so crazy and teachers stopped caring. I was actually having a conversation about this very thing last night. Since I graduated high school in 2004, we have dropped roughly 1 spot in the world in education every year. We are now 35th in the world when it comes to education, yet we spend more than any other country on education. As far as teachers in core content areas, I feel like a lot of them have given up. Or they are too busy kicking kids out of their classes, and sending them to CTAE to be cross-taught. I have also been told I wasn't a real teacher because I taught Culinary Arts. The ironic thing is when their kids come to my class, I find myself teaching basic math, english, science, and even sometimes history because the "real teachers" never taught the students these basic concepts. Now I really don't have an answer on how to handle these situations, and I don't like to cause problems in the work environment, but I call the "real teachers" out about their lack of success. Maybe it hurts their feelings, but I tell them to grow up and learn to take criticism constructively. After all, if they want to belittle others because they feel they are somehow higher on the totem pole, then they learn to accept the truth when I throw it right back in their face. Just hang in there brother... breathing exercises help too!

wade owens said...

Thanks James here i was thinking that i was the only one.