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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?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Things I have learned about myself as a teacher.....

The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher in the past term/year is . . . thanks to NTI ,I have grown in so many ways. I feel now I can conduct a more structured program for my students. I have also learned that as a teacher you have to really know how to multitask. This semester alone I have been working on so many projects and they all required so much of my time, from attending school, teaching, preparing for various competitions, working towards industry certification and still maintaining my motherly duties. Having my husband away in Iraq I've had to do everything around the house as well. Going into this I knew it was going to be a lot but I have organized my time and created time lines for myself so that I could get through everything by the required deadlines. I know now my true potential, anything that I set my mind to I know I can accomplish. Being a teacher I know there is always room for growth, with that I know there are some other areas I really need to work on to make me become a better teacher.

Also I have learned that students respond better to class instruction when there is structure. They tend to work harder and maintain information when they know what to expect or the expectations of them in class. This year alone I have students that work so hard in my classes and they are always volunteering to do things after school to help out. I appreciate all that they do and I feel that they do it because they enjoy the class, alone with understanding the structure of the class.

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