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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

Most Important

The most important thing I’ve learned about myself as a teacher in the past term/year is that I discovered I have a hidden talent. My role as a teacher has enhanced this hidden talent that I did not realize I possessed. This talent is my ability to be patience, have endurance, and tolerance in dealing with the younger generation. I had no idea how much a teacher had to cope with until this year. My first two years consisted of getting my feet on the ground and understanding the methods I would put to use in setting up my classes. This year seems to be different because I am dealing with students that have such a diverse background. I am dealing with more classroom problems than I did in my first two years of teaching. For the most part, I have been able to take care of the problems in the classroom with out having administrative involvement. My classes are better prepared now than in previous years mainly because of the NTI program. The NTI course has helped me to deal better with lesson plans as well with students’ behaviors that create problems in the classroom. Sometimes, I feel a little overwhelmed but overall I feel this has been a great year and I am looking forward to next year.


Jayna said...

I so agree with you. It is amazing how having the correct "tools" to use can make your teaching life so much better. NTI has made the biggest difference in my classroom management also. I also feel that I trust myself more this year. Last year (before NTI) I was always second (and third) guessing my decisions. By the time I acted, things had gotten out of hand. Now with the proper training, I have strategies to use that are second nature. So, I head off situations before they get out of hand.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Mark - your post made me smile as you talk of discovering hidden talents. If you didn't possess them, then you surely had to grow them, like Papa Joe says growing eyes in the back of your head. You are making such a huge impact on your students, I hope you stay in the classroom long after you could leave.

Joe Westbrook said...

Gosh I could so write the exact same blog. My hat is off to you also, so that you can see the eyes growing in the back of my head. Your growing then too! Your talent was always there. Patience is the greatest talent a teacher can have. You and I can out wit, out last, and win. Sounds like a TV show. Good Luck.