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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, November 16, 2008

Open Mic - No Where but Up

I feel like I've been needing to apologize to everyone associated with our program because of my lack of enthusiasm and participation this semester. I don't want to lay out a number of excuses but these past few months for me have been plagued with sickness and emotional stress. I know that I am a better student than what I have been displaying and know that I can't go anywhere but up from here. Things are starting to get a little better but I know that the improvement needs to start with me. There has been a greater demand put on our teachers this year with the demand being attributed to the state of the county. We started preplanning being bombarded with forms and reports that were being instituted this year and they keep coming. But I don't want to complain because I enjoy what I do and the kids make it worth it.

I do want to thank Ms. Hayden, Dr. Burns and Dr. Montrois for their continuous support and motivation of everyone in the NTI program. I believe if I had any other professors I would have withdrawn from my classes this semester. I look forward to finishing out the semester very strong and beginning the next one on a good note. I also want to thank my classmaates for their advice, encouragement and positive examples. When you all share what you go through as educators it always seems to lessen or put my individual struggles in perspective. I am a better person and educator because of my affiliation with the program and its participants and look forward to going up from here.

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