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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 1, 2009

Progression as a Teacher

The weeks fly by so quickly I can hardly remember good or bad, days just are and that is fine with me. I think that is a positive thing because I don't dwell on the stressful aspects and disappointments of teaching like I did last year. I feel more comfortable with processes and procedures, the paperwork administration expects you to keep up with, and the constant change in how the school runs. I also enjoy knowing my students better and having a better understanding of what the nature of a teenager is. These positive are due to the great information I have been receiving in NTI. I am constantly getting better at lesson planning and adding variety to my lesson plans. I am constantly seeking different ways to present lecture material in a way other than lecture. NTI has opening my eyes to the many differnt ways and this has made me grow every day as a teacher. Just being comfortable and confident is as much as I can ask for in my second year of teaching. I hope that I am doing a good and beneficial job for my students. I think I am because occasionally I do get a comment from a student or two who say "you are a good teacher Mrs. Barbour".

1 comment:

andrea strommen said...

I am also starting to get to the point where I'm forgetting how bad last year really was. I thought my second year teaching was the hardest. Supposedly, from what I've heard, if you make it through your third year teaching.... you're a "lifer". I don't know about that, being a CTAE Instructor. There's so much technology going on out there that is advancing in automotive. How can CTAE teacher's really keep up with new equipment and practices/procedures. I also have been lecturing a little differently than last year. My lectures are much shorter, and more "to the point". I thought they were "to the point" last year, I suppose I was wrong. Several of the other teachers at school are coming up to me and telling me that my "auto boys" can't stop talking about Ms. Strommen's class! That was really exciting for me.