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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?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lottery Winner

I am so excited that I just won the lottery and I am ready to travel around the world. I have been planning this for so long, and the time has finally come! Now that it is time for me to leave my position at Shaw High School, I just have one piece of advice for the teacher who replaces me: remember what's really important.
I think this is the most vital piece of advice anyone coming into teaching could ever receive. It is so easy to get caught up into the daunting everyday tasks and forget that our number one job is to be there for the students. A teacher may be mad at a student for eating in class, but maybe that student is eating because they don't get a meal at home. No matter how hectic our jobs get, we must always remember the reason we are teaching. In my opinion, having a positive impact on a student's life is more important than whether or not they are good at making videos. At the end of the day, it is the positive relationships which the students will remember years later and not the math equations or framing techniques. Do your best to teach them what you can, but make sure above all else that you work to make their lives a little bit brighter each day.

Anna Miller


wade owens said...

Awesome any one can see that you teach not for money or fame but for the betterment of the students. Anyone would be unlucky to follow you as a teacher as I am sure you have left a lasting impact on at least one if not all of your students and would be hard to replace. All many of these kids, especially that one who is a problem, is looking for love weather they realize it or not. It is our job to show them that love that them might never see any where else. Enjoy your travels.

Anna Miller said...

Thanks Wade! Some days I feel like I am not making an impact, but I have to remember the good days! haha

Suzanne Ward said...

Thank you for the reminder. Relationships are what it's all about! The content will follow when that piece is in place...
Bon voyage, Anna!