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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, October 20, 2016


I like the variety of learning activities and opportunities offered by Dr. Burns.  Asynchronous Learning and Synchronous Learning, both appeal to me, depending on where I am on the 'sleep scale'!  As a chronic insomniac for years, I thought I knew exhaustion, for sure.  Full time teaching, however, has taught me about a whole new level of exhaustion...

A natural introvert, Asynchronous Learning might be my preference if I am especially sleep deprived.  I can choose my timing as to when I tackle the assignment.  The downside is the stress of yet another deadline. Asynchronous Learning becomes something to add to that lengthy list of things to do.

Synchronous Learning, on the flip side, can be 'checked-off' immediately.  It does, however, have its own stress; getting out of school on time, battling traffic, and settling in for class time.  I'm not a fan of headphones and worrying if technology will let me down.  I also miss the personal connection of seeing you all face-to-face.  

My mamma taught me that 'variety is the spice of life'!  Each of us will have our preferences regarding class activities, including our students.  Mixing things up keeps us all on our toes!  Thanks, Mom (and thank you, Dr. Burns)!



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