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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?

Thursday, March 27, 2008


The best advice i can give to a new teacher is to definately get all that NTI has to offer. Although the summer semester is a little overwhelming, the next to semesters are all worthwhile, because of the material learned over the summer.

The second bit of advice I have is to be prepared, go into your class with the expectation to make an impact on at least one child's life, because you definately will not reach them all.

This way, you won't be so dissapointed in the variety of attitudes and levels of desires not to learn, that you won't quit and walk away from the opportunity to make a difference, even if it's ONE CHILD AT A TIME.

Finally, don't take any work home (PLAN FOR THIS), or as little as possible. You have a role at home and a role at school, KEEP THEM SEPERATED, so that you don't find youself giving more to your job than you give to your family. When this happens, you will soon after find yourself unable to give to your students, because of the situation you have created with your family.



Dwayne Connors said...

Right on Toni!

Victoria said...

AMEN Toni, I totally agree with you about reaching at least one student and not giving up. But more importantly the error of bringing work home will create burnout.