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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 31, 2009

The Most Important Thing That I Learn About Myself

One of the most important things that I have learned about myself is that even at my age, I am still capable of learning new things.  Also meeting many different students and sharing ideas has been one of the greatest benifits that has happened to me at NTI.  This past year has taught me how important my relations with my students are and the impact that I can have on their lives.  In my interaction with my students, I now have more patiences and have become a better listener.  Another important thing that I learned about myself is that I needed to be better organized, and to spend more time in preparing my lessons.  By spending more preparation time has made my lessons more interesting for my students and helped me to keep my students more involved.   The NTI experience has given me a different outlook, and that there is more to life than retiring.  I enjoy what I'm doing now and would not take anything for deciding to become a teacher.  It sure beats going to an airport every day as I did for thirty years.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Speaking of age, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I had one fantastic career for thirty-four years. But now, I have committed to a second career just like you. I hope this second career is just half as good as my first. I have discovered no matter how hard some of the students try to make things difficult, it doesn’t overshadow the good things that come from the students that want to be achievers. Today was career day at our high school. So, I had a career police officer come to my class to speak to the class. I was amazed at the questions the students ask the officers. For example, one student asks the question, how dangerous is it really for police officers? This question is seldom asked because students normally aren’t concerned too much of what happens outside their world. Just maybe, I am making a little difference.