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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 2, 2008

Open Mic

This year has been amazing, a brand new facility and a great support staff. The support staff I am referring to is all of you, NTI, and of course those I have the Honor of working daily with.
I know I have talked about issues regarding supplies and equipment, but NPHS was opened a full- year ahead of schedule! I am working through this and learning the Admin. part as I go.
I can not think of going through this without All of the support that has been given. I feel that we are all in this together. Things could always be better, but things could be far worse. I cannot wait until my teaching resourse-bag becomes half full, and I have all of my materials. But my students are happy with the class, I receive good feedback from parents and admin., and most of the students are actively participating in class. I have some that did not want the class, and some that were removed from other classes, but I accept the challenge. I hope that none are left behind. I am looking foward to the second semester as I will have more resourses, but truth be known I do not feel overburdened by this other than knowing that our classes here show that the students are used to the stimuli. But just having a CTAE class for the first time is quite a bit different from a traditional classroom, and probably stimulation by itself. KenB


Anonymous said...

Ken I totally agree, NTI has helped so much. My classmates and professors have been there to lean on when going up and down. I am glad to hear you are doing well in your classes. Your students must love to have a teacher like you. Keep up the great work!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Ken - glad to hear the good progress report and also that you are looking forward to next semester. You have a great facility and great students and with your attitude, skills, and knowledge, you should be able to do great things with them. I am looking forward to hearing all about it.