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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, November 15, 2008

Open Mic

I have been through a few rough patches this year with Team teaching. I have had to take charge of my class and inplement lesson for both groups. I have tried to use several types of lesson I have learned and used at NTI but my co-teacher I guess feels underminded or uncomfortable. I want to use the lessons I have learned not just follow suit and put good learning lessons on the back burner so to speak. We have finally resolved this after a good heart to heart team meeting. Team meetings are very important. If you have more than one instructor or share a room or have Paras, those meetings are very very important. Keeping everyone on the same page has been a difficult thing for me but I think we have the problem solved. Just communication. That is the key. You know as well as I do there are some people who feel comfortable talking to, but it you keep all conversations on a professional level every teacher in a school ahs some bit of information or helpful hint to share. Use what youve got not what you have not. I was given a good piece of advice the other day. Come in every day and focus yourself on the class and the students that want to learn. Dont concern yourself with anything else, just be there for your students and give them all you can. Then if there are ever any questions about you or how you do your job when the kids are asked and assesed the truth will be there and you'll never have to look for another job. Sometimes I feel like this is the hardest job I've ever had unitl I see the difference I make to some of those students, then I realize this is the best job I've ever had. We all work very hard at what we do, but if we never lose site of our goals and promises to our students we will never fail.

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