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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, November 30, 2016


As we all know teaching can be very trying at times.  What I have learned is that your environment can make that feeling worse or have very little effect on what you teach in the classroom.  During the last two years I have felt disengaged multiple times throughout the year and just threw my hands up made it only to clock in and clock out.  And just in case you are wondering yes I had to clock in at my last school. When dealing with production one of the largest elements is to record... But when the school has tons of restrictions on students and their creativity it is very hard to do that.
Last year I had a large student group out recording a video about a student's first date at a new school so the group had to be a little larger than normal.  I knew this group and knew that they would be ok to send out again to shoot more scenes.  They have already been shooting for atleast 2 weeks so this was just another day anyway. Midway through a scene I received a call from admin saying that they sent this group back to class and they couldn't record in a group that large (10) and would need to stay in class.  I was upset with them at first thinking they had done something bad but minutes later I read the email as to why they were sent back.  They were sent back due to the multiple skippers, bathroom smokers and other random kids walking the halls.  I asked them why were my broadcast students being punished for others actions and when my actual monitoring admin didn't back me up I said ok.  If you want to have a broadcast class with restrictions I will also give you the bare minimum.  Many times like that is why I knew it was time for me to go.  I am now at an amazing school with amazing admin, teachers, and a more relaxed campus.  I love it here and the student's love me.  My hands are working now and not being thrown in the air.  haha

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