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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?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thankful for Teaching Position

I am “Thankful for my Teaching Position” for several reasons. I enjoy working with people in a helping capacity. Sometimes at the end of the day it does not feel like I have helped but over the course of weeks and months progress and growth can be observed. Like a traveler traveling to the East, the compass may not always point east, but eventually they do reach the east. It is great to see them gain understanding. I am also “Thankful” that I can still learn. The first time my children saw me as being smarter than a dinosaur was sometime after they graduated from College and were trying to establish themselves in their careers and lives, almost thirty and that was over ten years ago. Recently, while finishing up some NTI homework while they were at the house, they commented, “Dad you are getting smarter, going to school and teaching school has made you smarter”. I have a lot to be Thankful for!

RS in Alpharetta


Mark said...

Going back to school at my age was a little intimidating for me. But similar to you, I discovered that learning is still fun and can be accomplished at any age. N.T.I. has been a good experience for me. I have put to use in my classes so much of the knowledge I have learned from the N.T.I. classes. One thing I have learned is not to be a complete control nut about everything that goes on in the classroom. Therefore, there is less uptightness and stress for the students and me. The majority of my students are really there to learn. I give the students information and guidance and they have to do the rest. I remember my parents telling me while I was growing up that you never stop learning. Now, I know they were right.

ITechman said...

You said it on point. For a while there I feel like I have been losing one brain cell after another. But because of teaching, I have become a better student. Like you, I have kids who felt I don't know anything, it was simply because I was out of touch with their world, but teaching puts me in the middle of it so that my teenage IQ is now much higher. I hope that one day my kids, when older, will tell me I'm smart!