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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, March 18, 2009

Communication with Administrators

In my school there are 3 vice principals and one principal. The principal has control of everything. The vice principals each manage a certain duty: athletics, academics and discipline. The vice principal over career technology deals with the discipline all day. My mindset on standards, principals and classroom management has been formed by NTI this past year. I have been utilizing these practices and tools since being educated in these practices since last summer. I find them to work and to be well accepted by the students. I think a student said it well last week: "Mrs. Koser, the other teachers talk "at" us and you talk "to" us.". This makes me proud that I have been trained well from a fine staff at Georgia State's NTI. I will utilize these practices wherever I go and whatever I do. It has been difficult for me to work under a staff that does not put the practices that I have been taught into practice. And, I feel that they don't understand my practices. I have learned that when you interview for a job, not only are you being interviewed, but you should do the interviewing. It is important to align yourself with a staff that believes the way that you do about how to treat children and present education. Different educators and administrators have different philosophies and values about teaching. I can't say that my philosophies were formed before I attended NTI. Yes, I had moral and spiritual philosophies but not educational philosophies. Now that I have obtained the wealth of knowledge presented to me by Dr. Burns, Dr. Montrois and Ms. Hayden, I will take to heart my duty in the classroom. In the future, I will TRY
to find an administrator like them. Is that possible ? I think that there is an old school of thought with some older administrators. My goal is not only to be a good teacher applying the NTI principles but one who seeks to find an administrator who nearly, if not closely, aligns himself or herself with my teaching philosophies. So, the most important thing that I have learned about working with school administrators this year is to work with those that share your heart beliefs in teaching. Thanks NTI.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Lori - very thoughtful post and thank you for your kind words. But you have added your own touch to your teaching style as evidenced by the students' saying you talk 'to' them - good for you. You have done well integrating your NTI knowledge into the classroom and I know you will find an administration that appreciates your professionalism. Keep us posted.