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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 much better than last year for me. I feel like I have more confidence and a better understanding of what it is I am supposed to be doing! Last year was just one day after another of treading water and trying to stay clear of the "sharks". I wish I could have had NTI before I started teaching. But it may be the year of experience without NTI that has made it so valuable to me. I know how a class can run when you are not fully prepared to teach it and now how it can run when you have some experience and some good ammunition! I love working with high school age students. I was a little apprehensive when I took this job that I wouldn't be able to relate to high school students. I had been working with young special education students for eight years and was nervous. Not to mention that my students were all non-verbal. I always prayed for a verbal child to teach. Well, you know the saying about being careful of what you pray for. Actually this has been the best answer to prayer! Now I pray for many years to continue to teach Cosmetology. I love the school I teach at and everyone treats each other like family. I am happy!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Jayna - great to hear your enthusiasm and I'm sure your students are the beneficiaries as well. I also taught one year without NTI way back in the day, and it does make you really appreciate having real 'teacher-skills'. Soon, as you said in a comment, you will have an entire arsenal of tools/weapons to use and I'm sure we will hear of many wonderful accomplishments from your students.

I can also imagine that maybe just a few of your students are quite verbal now :)