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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
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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, December 7, 2008


This year has improved from last year (1st year). This summers NTI classes prepared me for the semester. Even though I put a lot of stress on myself, because this is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Teaching is a lot like running your own business, if you don't have a plan or sight of where you will be in the future you will be lost. I felt that way and of course have ups & downs. But NTI has helped tremendously, don't know if I could have made it through this semester without the support of the instructors and classmates. 
I am more organized than ever. Now I am not perfect but at least I have started to keep things in order. Teachers days don't end when the last bell rings, so not only should your lesson plans, classroom be orderly your home and life should be as well. I have found that having time for yourself can only help you have better days in the classroom. 
I need to keep working on myself, I have learned more about myself over these last months. By working on myself it will allow me to except the challenging that teachers have. I have fun days teaching and I'll say I get paid to have fun. Then one of those days happens and I'll say I don't get paid enough to do this. But at the end of the day if I am happy the school day goes smoothly even if I hit a bump or two. Thanks NTI!!!  

We couldn't see a rainbow if there wasn't some rain occasionally.

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