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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?

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Last year I faced the first day of school with multiple anxieties. Would I have the same chaos as the first year or would it be different now since I knew procedures and a few classroom hints taken mostly from other teachers. This year after NTI, I could not wait for school to begin! I began the year equipped with so many plans and strategies. I used the lesson plan developed in the format we were taught along with the task list that I compiled this summer. This worked very well, improved my organization and my confidence as well. I involved my students from the very beginning by allowing them to complete the bulletin board with a simple analysis of their own character. They were welcomed and given hearts when they entered the room and later were asked to tag their heart with their name and most outstanding character trait. Next they were given the student handbook that I had completed in NTI which answered most of their questions about the courses. My courses are taught sequential and in essence is a 1 year course designed to certify students as Nursing Assistant, so you can imagine the questions. My students are from the surrounding schools and remain with me for half-day sessions in 3 hour blocks. Because of this, good lesson planning is essential and must be diverse and active in nature to maintain the interest of these students for that length of time. So in essence, I am going to say the lesson plan format and having these ready the very first day is the thing that has worked well for me.
It is difficult to isolate a particular item that has not worked well, because overall most have worked. I have found the most difficulty to be in timing a particular project. I have had to revise many of my lesson plans because of the time element. Also I have found that my lesson planning does require more time than I had initially anticipated and it seems to take more time to complete a lesson within the curriculum. Our curriculum for the introductory course is so theory latent; it is a great effort to include a hands-on activity. The projects and activities have basically been successful and enjoyable for the students; however, I feel I have had to race through some of the curriculum in order to include these things. Perhaps this boils down to time management as being the culprit and the thing that did not work well.

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