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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, October 12, 2016

Open Mic!

I am in Youngsvill, NC in some AWESOME training this week! I am taking an advanced certification class in crime scene photography. One of my standards I have to teach my students is crime scene photography, but I lack depth of knowledge in this area.  I know the "basics", but I am certainly no expert.  This training is extremely over whelming.  I never dreamed there were so many aspects to crime scene photography.  It is completely different than any other type of photography because these photos can be used in court for critical comparison so it is essential you know what you are doing when you change the settings and snap that photo. As I sit in this class, I was reflecting on how I was going to bring all this knowledge back to my students and incorporate it into my classroom.  I then remembered that my job as a CTAE educator is to give my students a leg up for when they enter the workforce.  I thought about my 13 years law enforcement experience and realized I was never taught how to use anything but a point and shoot digital camera, which was always set in auto mode. This in turn helped me realize that even if I only bring my students back 10% of what I am learning all week...they will be leaps and bounds ahead of their peers when entering into the criminal justice work force.  Only 1% of law enforcement has any formal training on proper crime scene photography.  I am so over joyed that I get to bring this new knowledge to my students. 
Cool side note:  "The Coroner" from the ID channel is in my class!  I am an ID junkie and I sat down and chatted with him about one of his open cases right now.  I was in hog heaven!!! I also chatted with my instructor and learned he heads up a cold case forum every month in Philadelphia where experts from all over the country come together to discuss and attempt to solve one cold case submitted from agencies around the country.  He invited me to be his guest for an upcoming meeting.  Needless to say, this is a dream of mine!  I am obsessed with forensic behavioral sciences and serial cases. My instructor also told me that he will make the trip to Georgia next year just to speak to my criminal justice students! Again, thrilled!
Making these new connections and embracing this new knowledge is going to allow me to show my students my passion for law and justice and I hope that they absorb it and learn something in the process, as well!
This continuing education in my field of study is just what the doctor ordered.  I am rejuvenated and I can't wait to bring my new and improved attitude and knowledge to my students!

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