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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?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Well I really don't think at any point I will consider myself a master teacher. I have made many strides and jumped many hurdles to keep my students involved, learning and applying their knowledge. I think that through trail and error sometimes that the students don't know about I have improved as a teacher from my first year to now. NTI has helped me in many areas I have adapted somethings to fit the culture of my school and students. Teaching is an art and science in which you must balance in order to get what you need out of your students.

My students are some of the most creative in the world and I believe they can do anything they put their minds to. I feel that my teaching level has increased and it shows to be evident when my students display the things I have taught them not through testing but hands on application. For example we are on a chapter of studio production, but some parts of the chapter were taught at the very start of the school year and to my amazement they remembered the camera movements without me drilling them. The answers flowed out that made me feel great.

That made me feel that what I am doing is working to some affect. 


Dr. M said...

Hi, Mike - it is great to see the effects of your teaching, especially when your students retain lessons learned some time ago. More and more of that sort of display should be occuring from now to the end of the school year as the cumulative effects of your teaching become apparent.

One of the signs of a master teacher is the belief that their students can do anything, as you have stated. With your guidance and motivation, they can. Keep challenging them!

Lori said...

Mike, I agree with you that our students are creative and smart. Our goal is to keep them challenged with new materials as much as possible and to keep them interested and active. Your right when you say that we as teachers are in a process of improvement, in which we can only strive, but may never arrive.