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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, September 21, 2008



It seems as if your year got off to a good start too. I agree that the instructions and directions we received at NTI this summer has made this position much better. Last year I had the worst time trying to keep the students focused and on task. The worst problems was keeping them a wake. I now know it was primarily the teaching strategies and instructional methods I used that was causing many of the problems. Being a new teacher to the educational profession was a transition all by itself, but when I found out that the old fashioned lecture based classroom no longer existed I felt like I had made a mistake in wanting to be a teacher.

I only wish I could use the same lesson plans used at NTI. Our administrators gave us a new lesson plan template which is cumbersome to complete but very detailed. That is good in one sense and bad in another -takes took much time to transfer information even with cut and paste
techniques to the new form. Overall, everything is going well.


Vincent said...


I agree with you my CTAE administrator did the same thing to us in the department of career tech. New lesson plan templates I was very disappointed because, I think they way they taught us in NTI concerning lesson plans seem to have a better flow towards instruction. So now I have transfer all the summer lesson plans from NTI into the the format.

My first year of teaching was terrible because I had no classroom. I had to use a crate and push my text books to different classrooms and use teachers planning periods inside their classroom when they had no classes. My wife talked me into giving it one more year... I'm glad i didn't give up on teaching because the rewards have been great and rewards will be great for you also.

Dr. J said...

I was so pleased to observe you last week and see you implementing so many interesting activities in one class session. Dr. J.