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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


My teaching experience in Georgia has been quite a different experience compared to Massachusetts. Juggling thirty-two students in each class, having to write all new curriculum for three classes, receiving twenty-two observations, and my own  two young children, I feel like burn out should be my middle name! However its not because I learned one very important thing this year...

So my final piece of advice would be to take care of yourself, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I find that eating right, getting rest, exercising, drinking lots of water, and just taking care of myself has allowed me to keep my sanity. When I feel better, I do better.

My first year at my school I could not believe the turn over rate, ever year we have had at least thirty new teachers. I remember in NTI for my county it was said that a large percentage of teachers quit after the first year. The burn out rate is incredible but I have realized that we can not give these kids everything they need unless we are complete. So that is my final advice to take care of yourself and I wish I was boarding the plain now :)

Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

Abshul Ellis said...

I agree. I got into teaching because I felt like I can make a differences. If we give up on these students now, they will not have anyone to help them to the finish line. I want to just adopt all my students and let them know that everything will be alright. Teaching has burned me out, but like you say if you have balance, then anything is possible. Thanks for this!!!