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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 29, 2016



I just hit the lottery, now all my dreams are now a reality. No more teaching, no more getting up early, no more having to do the daily grind, and best of all, no more worries. What to do with my time? So many choices. I think I will travel around the world playing golf at all of the most famous and beautiful courses available to me. Finally a dream come true, but before I can start my journey there is one thing I have to do. I need to bid all of my students a final farewell and give my replacement one tip of advice. This will require some thinking, due to the fact that there is so much that I could tell the new teacher to help him or her in their new endeavors. After some serious thinking, I believe the one thing that I would say to the new teacher, is never let them see you sweat. High school students are very intuitive and can tell if they will be able to control the classroom or be controlled in an effective manner. I would let them know that they need to establish  boundaries and achievable expectations of the students. If this can not be accomplished, it will make for a very long and struggling year, but if this can be done the rewards of teaching will be fruitful and gratifying for their entire career. 

1 comment:

James Holdsworth said...

I think that is some excellent advice, I feel that new teachers tend to underestimate students (I know I did) when it comes to certain things. Classroom management is key to an effective classroom environment and when the kids see the instructor struggling, the days only get longer. It happened to me my first year,needless to say, my second year has been a lot better smoother.