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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, February 25, 2008

Change of Attitude

Had a meeting about IEPs on Monday and could not be in class. I was disappointed. What a far cry from when I was informed that I would have to take this class. I would never have taken NTI voluntarily but what would I have done without it? Teaching would have been little more than a frustrating chore. It was only last summer but it seems like a lifetime ago in terms of my teaching career. Do others feel like I do?

How do you thank Dr. Burns and Ms. Hayden adequately?


steve said...

We missed you in class tonight.I'm the same way. I didn't want to go to NTI ,but it sure has HELPED WITH TEACHING,not only from the Instructors but also from learning and talking to the other new teachers about their experiances and insights on what's happening on a day to day basis.

Toni said...


I think we were all a little upset about the idea of taking this NTI class. The cost, the time and the work involved was unthinkable. However, life with NTI could not have been managable. This has made life as a teacher bearable.

JaJuan said...

My sentiments exactly!!!..
Maybe we all can chip in and take them on a NTI Alumni, wouldn't that be fun??? let's see how they party outside the classroom...LOL..LOL

Jessie H said...

Be careful what you wish for!

TracyF said...

I feel the same. I am glad that I was able to take NTI, and I am thankful for Jessie and Dr. Burns.
I have learned so much. They are truly examples of the type of teacher that I want to become.

Dwayne Connors said...

I somehow think that they would be happy if we just put forth all the effort that we can and when we get into a bind just call them for advice.

Dr. J said...

Johnny, thank you for your thoughtful comments after the video last Saturday. You comments came from your heart and being in the front of the class I could see that you touched a lot of people with your honesty. Dr. J.