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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 7, 2016

Sadness, Shock, and Surprise...All Too much at one time!

Sadness: The past few weeks have been very tough for my family and I. We experienced the unexpected passing of my cousin whom I assisted with in her care. She had been sick for a while, but she was, what we thought, on the road to recovery. Her death took us by surprise no less, but I we are all happy she no longer has to suffer or be in pain.

Shock: And if that wasn't enough to have to cope with, my dad, I guess with having to deal with our loss, was rushed to the hospital 2 days after the burial of my cousin for what appeared to be a heart attack. He was admitted into the hospital, and it was later discovered that what we assumed to had been a heart attack, was instead a stroke. He is at home now, and doing well.

Surprise: Needless to say, having to deal with the aforementioned above, I missed quite a few days, and weeks of school. In my absence, I was blessed with wonderful subs who carried out my lesson plans as if I was there myself! My students were very well behaved, and kept regular communication with me daily via Remind 101. Upon my return to school, I was greeted in my classroom on Wednesday by 4 of 5 of the Administrative staff with an award and restaurant gift certificate for somehow being nominated and winning Veteran teacher of the month for September. What a way to come back to school after having to endure sadness and shock. Receiving such an award made me feel valued and appreciated! #TeachersRock

1 comment:

James Holdsworth said...

Hey Yvonne I am very sorry to hear about your recent loss and hospital scare with your father. I have been dealing with some family issues as of late, and they are not fun. On a more positive note, congratulations on the nomination and award! I was out for a week earlier this semester and when I returned I was bombarded with "welcome back's" and "we missed you's," and it felt really good. A week later I was nominated for the "Golden Apple Award" for Career Tech. It was nice to know that hard work doesn't always go unnoticed. I like to think administrators take notice to good teachers and do everything in their effort to try to acknowledge and retain their hard work. I know this NTI program has already kick-started me to becoming a great teacher, and I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. Congratulations again and keep being awesome, we need good teachers!