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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, November 6, 2008

Open Mic by The Kitch

My students are so charged about the election and the outcome. The energy is truly electifying. Heckling, chanting, heated debates on both sides. It has brought about a whole new element of classroom management skills. It's been a challenge to keep them focused on the topics at hand. Overall, everyone is smiling and laughing and in good spirits no matter who they supported.

I taught two years on the high school level prior to NTI. I like the fact that some of my teaching strategies where already in place and I love some of the new strategies I have learned. It seems each year has been occupied with difficult challenges. My first year I took over a course that had absolutely nothing but walls and desks and created my program from scratch. My second year focused on getting my Associate's Degree and having my new baby. Now in my third year, I'm trying to manage extended day and NTI. I absolutely love what I do, even when things don't go as smoothly as others. Sometimes I vent that I can't believe these students do what they do (in a somewhat negative tone). I say to myself, "No they didn't...". Then, they do something so amazing that is above and bigger than themselves making me so proud that I know them and have worked with them. This really is a rewarding position.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Erika - and your students are fortunate to have you as their instructor as well. I hope you keep your great attitude moving forward as your students need someone like you in their lives everyday. You are making a difference and keep it up!