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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, March 24, 2009

A little at a time

The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher in the past year is that I need to take things one step at a time. It is easy for me to get discouraged about the million things that I seem to have on my plate at one time. I have learned that it helps me to take things one step at a time. I realize that looking at the big picture and dwelling on it really overwhelms and discourages me. I have to break things down and look at a little piece at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Working towards certification has been overewhelming at times. I have to look at it and think that the harder I work, the sooner it will be over. I think that everyone gets to a point when they feel like there is so much to do and not enough time to do it in. When I get to that point, I have to stop and remind myself that everything will get done ... eventually!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Riley - who's writing these for you - you're too young to be so wise! Then again, what you speak of is similar to rebuilding an engine - so much to do yet only by breaking it all down is it doable. Of course you know you will get through all this as you are just about done with NTI, and the experience will prepare you for bigger challenges down the road. You have a great future ahead of you in education - keep us posted.