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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?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Advice For New Teachers

The best advice that I can give to a new teacher is find one person in your county that teaches your subject and ask that person to become your mentor. A new teacher, especially a Career Tech. teacher, needs someone to help them. You know how we talked about unwritten rules, well each county has unwritten rules. I have the most wonderful mentor in my system. She teaches Healthcare Science in another school in the county. During my first year, she was wonderful. My first experience with her was that she allowed me to come to her class and observe. This in itself was such a tremendous help. I was with her the whole day and I learned so much from just watching her. She gave me her cell number and told me to call her anytime. Last year I called her so much I know she got sick of me. She was always there and ready to help in any way. I remember last year that I would run out of ideas and I would call her. Right away she could come up with something for me to do with my classes. This year I have noticed that I do not call her as much as I did last year so I guess that means that I have learned a lot from her and of course NTI. It is comforting to know that I can call her at any time and she will answer any questions that I have. I really don't think that I would have made it throught that first year without her support and expertise.

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