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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, November 1, 2016

Where am i, who am i ?

Last week I was sick and missed two days. On one of the days I missed I tried to go in, but while sitting in my office at home I could not gather my thoughts. The next day I did make it to school but was not feeling much better by the end of the day I was tried and felt awful so my last two periods I let the students watch construction videos. While being sick is no excuses for poor teaching all I felt like I could do was let the tape roll. I am proud to say that while my instruction is not always good I do try 99% of the time, the kids at least deserve my best effort even if the effort is not that good.


Yvonne Goodson said...

I agree that being sick and still showing up for work is no fun at all. Teaching when in optimal health is a difficult task on it's own. When I encounter the inevitable, occasional sickness and still go in to work, the roles of my classroom interns or managers are amped up. They go from assisting me with class and assignments to me assisting them. The classroom interns I select are the best of the best, and they are willing to do anything within parameters to help! If classroom interns or managers is not something that you already utilize, you may want to consider if for nothing else but to be your voice and aid when ill! I'm hopeful you are back to good health!

Suzanne Ward said...

I am naturally quite introverted. This teaching gig forces me out of my comfort zone and can be very draining for me. As teachers, there is not one moment that we are not expected to be 'on', to be positive, to be 'up', or to smile, even when you don't especially feel like it. On the weekends, I need to devote considerable time to just 'chill' and recharge my batteries. That said, we are all human and have our good - and yes, our not so good - days. I like to think that the 'halo effect' will reign over us when we have that occasional bad day. You are still a teacher, with awesome super powers. Never forget that!
Get well soon!