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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, April 7, 2008

Why I changed my career to teaching?

Hello NTI Family,
First and foremost, I have many reasons why I decided to change my career to teaching but for the sake of time, I will only list a few. My desire to teach came out of the fact that I love children. I believe that they are sent from God and that our role is to encourage and nurture them. Being a mother of 2 girls, I have learned a lot about teaching and thought that it would be a good idea to enter the classroom. As a teacher I get to cultivate the minds of young people, watch them mature, and assist them with making important career choices. This is a GREAT task that I don't take lightly.

Secondly, I've been self-employed as a Video Producer for 18 years and have had numerous corporate jobs in between. I've realized through all of this, that my true calling is teaching. Teaching allows me to share my expertise in video production with students, as well as teach entrepreneurial skills necessary for their future.

Thirdly, I'm not the type of person who likes to take orders from someone and work a regular 9-5 with crazy demands. However, I think that teaching allows you to be your own boss in your classroom, given certain parameters of course, but ultimately your're in control. I think that because of my long term status of an entrepreneur, I have the organizational and multi-tasking skills necessary for teaching.

There are several other reasons why I changed careers. Medical benefits were becoming very expensive for my family as both my husband and I were self-employed. Also, I wanted to have hours that were conducive to my children's school schedule. This was vital because I am a dedicated mother who enjoys being home with her children after school and during the summer.

In the end, I know God has ordered my steps into teaching and will give me a GREAT job in a school that needs me. I feel very fortunate and prepared because of NTI. I've been encouraged by all of my knowledgable NTI classmates and wouldn't trade this opportunity for nothing. I don't have a contract currently, but am waiting patiently for one and plan to pursue my Masters degree this Fall. If anyone knows of any Business Ed openings, please let me know. :)

Thanks to Dr. B and Mrs. Hayden for a great year!

1 comment:

joec said...

You are not the only person who has been "led" into teaching. Every single thing I have done in my life has prepared me to be where I am. Your words are so much more eloquent than mine.