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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 4, 2016

"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?"

     You might have heard me mention before that the other Chef that I teach with has been out for quite a while, which consequently made my work load a little bit more intense.  Struggling to implement what we have learned this Summer and Fall at NTI in my classes, while trying to keep an eye on his classes, became stressful at times.  Not to mention once grading periods came around, I felt like I was doing double the work of any other teacher at my school.  With this being said, my time is precious.  Lately my school has had extremely long, drawn out, and truth be told, unnecessary PL's and faculty meetings every Wednesday of every week.  I really didn't even want to attend last weeks meeting, because they last 1 1/2 hours and only pertain to core classes, but something told me to go.  At the end of the meeting they announced all the "Golden Apple Nominees," and I was caught off guard when I was the nominee for Career Tech.  I guess it is nice to know that hard work doesn't go unnoticed, even when you think it does. 


Suzanne Ward said...

My second year of teaching has still been a roller-coaster ride, but far less so than last year...

My biggest struggle this year has been two academically AND behaviorally challenging 7th grade classes! After delaying a test by two days this week, I expected them to be wildly successful. I was sorely disappointed! There was, however, a bright spot in this sea of apathy. When I asked one young lady what she might attribute her score of a '100' to, she immediately responded, "I think the students who didn't do well are the ones who don't take notes and are talking all the time."

BAM! Thank you, Stephanie! Can I have a few dozen more, just like you?!
~Suzanne Ward

Yvonne Goodson said...

I do remember you mentioning having to juggle both your classes, as well as those of your coworker's who has been MIA for a while. I also remember not being able to offer any sound advice on how to manage both class loads except for encouraging you to implement classroom managers quickly. I to, know the struggles of having to attend what we feel like, are meaningless meeting after meeting. I am so very happy that you went with your gut feeling and showed up, only to be recognized for your greatness! Although it is very obvious we educators do not enter into the field of education to gain recognition, which makes the moments when at least one person notices our tireless efforts all worth while! Congrats! Keep doing great things as I know you are!