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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
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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

"The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher in the past term/year is . . . "

The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher in the past term/year is that I am a teacher in every sense of the word. Since becoming a part of the Education industry, I have learned that when you become a eudcator, you to teach many things to many people. You are not only an educator to your students, you are an educator to their parents, to your colleagues and even to your administration. Being an educator is very powerful and with that authority comes a high level of responsibility. I once heard that it only takes one or two teachers to make or break a student. With that said, what you teach and how you teach plays a tremendous role in a child's development and the overall culture of the school. I have learned that I every opportunity I am with my studentsshould be made into a teaching moment.

Being a CTAE teacher you find that you create a great deal of teaching moments with many people in your school due to your area of study being techincal and industry specific. You find yourself educating colleagues through hallway conversations and educators through classroom observations. You also educate your students' parents on how their chldren are learning in your classroom and how it will aid their overall education career. Specifically this past semester, I have found myself educating many seniors, that are not in my classroom, on some very important college information. I have found myself in many more teachable moments as I and our student population become more comfortable co-existing in the same learningenvironment.

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