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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?

Thursday, February 12, 2009


The portfolio definitely enhances my professional growth. The portfolio has encouraged me to look at where I have been, where I am, and where I am going. It is easy to just take my experiences for granted. The portfolio is helping me look at the value of each experience. It has also helped me realize what professional areas I need to strengthen. The biggest way that it has enhanced my professional growth is by making me really think about my professional experiences. I have also realized that the portfolio can be useful for my students. It could be used to help my students think about their educational experiences. It is important that students reflect on their experiences. I also realize that a portfolio can be a valuable resource for my students. It would be impressive for them to have a portfolio to present to employers.


RS said...


The portfolio is definitely an excellent way to display your professional growth. Like a road map it allows us to see where we started, where we have been and decide where we are headed. It is very useful in our career planning and presentation. Going forward this will be essential for the students and workers of tomorrow.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Riley - I agree that a portfolio will impress employers, particularly in a field such as yours where they have not become as common as in some other areas. I know your employers will be impressed by the professionalism and depth of information, and the reflection of the quality of your program as well.