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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, March 3, 2008

Open Mic

Hello NTI Family:
Well where do I begin? I had a week similar to Tracys, but not quite as bad. Last week I suffered with a bad sinus infection, went to the doctor and got meds, and still am not feeling 100% myself. I also started the "Exceptional Child" class on the same day and was totally out of it. My head hurt so bad and I couldn't breath out of my nose. I know that this all comes from lack of rest because the human body can takebut so much before it begins to break down. On top of missing a day and not feeling well, Ms. Hayden came to visit me on Friday morning. I still felt terrible but had to endure and do the best I could. All went well and Ms. Hayden was impressed with my lesson plan and presentation. She was pleasurable to work with and gave me valuable pointers for my job search. "Thanks so much Ms. Hayden"!

On another note, the "Exceptional Child" course is interesting and I now have another load on my plate. Our homework was to research websites that offered teaching strategies for students with ADD. I found to be very helpful and so my homework is complete. I think I might enjoy the class but it is long (4:30-9:30) and after 5PM my mind begins to shut down. The instructor will have to be interesting to keep me up. One good thing was she let us out at 8PM, hopefully this will be the norm.

The video we watched during our last NTI class was "GREAT". I truly liked the message on poker chips and how we as teachers can give or take them away. I have thought about that message when disciplining my own girls. I think that if we remember the importance of our students having poker chips, we will be better educators overall and perhaps our students will learn from our example.

1 comment:

Connie said...

Hi Victoria,
Hope you are feeling better now!
The Exceptional Child class Tracy, Esther, and I are taking is very long too. We are there most Wednesday nights til 8:30pm. Our teacher gives us one 5 minute break. A few times she did give us 10 minutes. My old body and mind start shutting down around 7 or 7:30pm so I am struggling with it too. And my bladder rebels with spasms!

And did we mention that we (Tracy, Esther, and I) think that our Exceptional Child class is the class from hell?! Ha! Ha!