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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

New Teacher's warning

Be ye very careful of the hidden cost. No one told me at the interview that I would have to do all these different classes, and I would have to stand the cost (hidden cost) . My first year I did not got into NTI, because no one was there to help me register. I had to rely on Jessie and Dr. Burns my second year (Thank you for your help)
When I first learnt that I had to do NTI I was told it was just for the Summer,but after the first day I realized that it will not be for only the summer but for three semesters and over $6,000.00.
After learning of the cost I was wondering how am I going to pay for it, Just graduating from CSU with a large School Loan, I did not want to add another loan to it, so I have to dip into my savings account to pay for NTI.
What I do realize is that it is hard to get help from our Career Technology Department beacuse they are not interested about career technology , their position is just another job . Since this semester my Director e-mail all those who went through NTI wanted us (me of all person) to tell him about NTI saying he will not reveil who gave the info. did he think I am a snitch? I took the opportunity of replying to the e-mail by asking if the Career Technology Department could help the other two teachers and myself from Dekalb paying for NTI not to say he did not reply, maybe because I was not a snitch
. Looking on the up-side of NTI, NTI is of great help for me although I have my wife and daughter who are both teachers for whom I can bounce any classroom questions off.
Last but not lease I am now helping one HSTE teacher to start NTI in the summer, great for her I will be able to help her. I already told her not to make any plans for the month of June.


TracyF said...

Hey Trevor,
I think that it was a blessing that it was hidden. I probably would not have started teaching if someone told me in the beginning what I had to pay or do. I would have thought that I couldn't do it. I am glad I found out later because I would have let that stand in my way and would have wondered the rest of my life what it would have been like to follow my dream and been a teacher. I think God had a plan. He knew that I didn't need to know right away.

Dr. J said...

I thank you both for your frank comments on this matter. I think there should be more transparency in the hiring process so you know everything! It actually wrenches my gut when I have to be the messenger. You both have interesting perspectives on this and I hope we will get some more students to blog about this important issue. Dr. J.