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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?

Monday, November 21, 2016


For years, I've played the lottery with various combinations of my wedding anniversary.  Well, it happened.  I WON!!  Who knew that marrying the most wonderful man in the world would have benefits beyond my wildest imagination?!  My husband and I agreed that world travel was in order along with time for our precious grandchildren.

That meant giving up my teaching job.  "What about the poor, unsuspecting soul that would take over my classroom?", I thought.  For me, it had felt like 'sink or swim' - there was precious little assistance available for me as a new teacher.  After much prayer and deliberation, I left her the following note.
Fasten your seat belt!  Teaching Health Care Science is likely NOT what you thought it would be.  It is oh so much more!  There are many things I would like to say, but it all seems to boil down to this:  Take a deep breath.  This is where real change starts (it just ain't easy)!
Bon Voyage!
~Suzanne Ward 


Yvonne Goodson said...
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Yvonne Goodson said...

Suzanne, you are such a good writer! One who also has quite a way with words! Congratulations on winning the lottery. It is very well deserved! You left the new teacher Denise great realistic, authentic, and honest advice which I am sure she will appreciate. I'm confident you and your husband will encounter new and exciting adventures that await you! Good luck, and God speed!

Abshul Ellis said...


I love you so much, this is amazing. That teacher will be alright!!!!!