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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

Reflections on the Fall Semester

I am in my third year at my high school or with high school students for that matter. I enjoy teaching video broadcasting to these kids. I can see a great improvement with my classroom management since I have attended NTI. I still see room for improvement because I am too nice. However, by developing detailed lesson plans and by having management tips, I see my classroom management improving. The variety with the teaching styles and methods have really helped to keep my lessons interesting and on target. I incorporate technology and shorten my lectures to keep the students motivated.
Now that I have improved with classroom management, I need to improve with my time management. I need to be able to schedule my time better, because I am a giving person and am in a classroom setting that meets needs (dvd duplication). I am often approached by faculty, students and other teachers to help them out with technology. This is not my job description, but I naturally and automatically help. This has sometimes dominated my entire planning period. I have recently delegated the work to upper level students or said no. I find this to be difficult, but necessary to protect my development of being a good teacher. I thank Dr. Burns for giving the class this summer a "heads up" on protecting our time. My thought now is to say as Dr. Burns did "can I get back to you ? ". In the future, I will try to come up with a plan to help but protect my valuable and stretched time frame. Thanks NTI and Dr. Burns.

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