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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, February 24, 2009


Although I am not a classroom teacher at present time, I am teaching in my current job as well as in my church youth ministry. I can't believe how much NTI has helped me in these areas. As we all have heard many of the nursing positions are being deleted in Cobb County. A friend of mine has an interview today for a FT teaching position at Chattahoochee Tech in their nursing program. I was able to help her implement some instructional strategies into her teaching interview. She has not taught previously and so came to me for advice. We started with her objectives, developed a capitvating set induction, and put together a great 10 minute demo. I would hire her. I felt very comfortable giving her tips (so to speak) about how to present herself to her audience as well as what they may be looking for in a teacher.

I will be taking 40+ middle schoolers on a retreat next week. I have 2 90 minute sessions to teach. Knowing what I have learned in NTI has helped me teach my team how to set up their sessions. I am much more confident now and don't worry so much about the time frame. In this I mean if we go over by 10-15 minutes in 1 area I shuffle the rest of the lesson around so it fits. Dr. Burns says I have great "in-flight thinking". Maybe my years as a ER nurse helped me develop this trait.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Linda - a sure sign of a master teacher in the making is being able to effectively help other teachers, and it appears you were on the money. I also like the 'in-flight thinking' idea - goes along with growing eyes in the back of your head. Thanks for sharing and good luck with all those middle-schoolers!

Shellee said...

I believe that the NTI approach has helped me with all areas of my life-even my parenting skills. I agree that you don't have to be a school teacher in the traditional sense in order to see an improvement in your education skills. I have used my classroom management skills with my kids and it really works on all ages!! I have become much more organized at home and I find that I set goals for myself on a weekly basis-like I do at school. I get alot more done and am just now realizing it. Keep up the good work!!