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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?

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Teaching Mastery

First off, I LOVE teaching. My subject matter, Cosmetology, is my passion, my hobby and my job. I feel so very fortunate to be teaching something that I feel this strongly about. I strive to get this point accross to my students even through the boring mundane tasks of theory work. I feel that I will be working towards this mastery of teaching until the day I retire. I don't think you can truly master something that is constantly changing. For me, the challenge is one that I welcome and enjoy. One of the big changes I have noticed this year after being in NTI, is that I can knock out a lesson plan like nobodys business! I feel that these lessons are much more interesting and appropriate for the differing needs of my students. In looking back on my first year teaching (last year) I find lessons that I wrote and kind of chuckle to myself. They were definately not up to my standards now. So I have been rewriting and tweeking them. I am sure that I will do this every year but that it will get less and less involved with each passing year.
Another area that I have made great strides in is my classroom management. This one area alone has made a huge difference in how my school day goes. I feel that my students like coming to my class and enjoy most of the lessons, but they seem to respect me also. I didn't feel this level of respect last year. I had ongoing battles with the same students. Oh to have them again, I know just what I would do! To wrap this up, I feel very fortunate to have a job at all, and blessed to have one that I love so much.


Grummer said...


I agree! I feel blessed to have a job when some of my friends are out looking for work. I heard a person speak at a seminar who said that "as soon as we are able to give ourselves an A+ for the lessons we create and choose to no longer critique ourselves and evolve, it is time to retire." This stuck with me because the teacher I replaced was retired in-place. It was evident the day I walked in the door.

Great blog!

Brenda said...


You stated it so well! When you love what you are doing, it is like never having to work a day in your life (Healthcare Science). I also look back at lesson plans and smile within. I am doing much better at planning my day and the time flows well with each lesson. Master of it, of course not! I agree too, that things are for ever changing and that we not given time to become masters of it, but just time to get acquainted enough to be effective at what it is we love doing - our chosen fields. Keep up the good work and hold on for the next wave of changes.