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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

What I have learned about myself

What I have learned the most about myself as a teacher in the past year is what constitutes my strengths and weaknesses. I have been made aware of this by being educated through NTI. My strengths are my creativity, energy and rapport with the students. My weaknesses include over commitment which causes me to be unprepared at times. I am sorting through how to manage my time and how to give my time away. I am a natural giver and worker and that has posed some problems from being in a classroom that has a lot to offer. I see the need to set boundaries and schedule appointments. I can't copy a dvd for any teacher that drops by at the last minute. I have learned that their emergency does not constitute an emergency on my behalf. I feel that I have been stretched beyond my job description and that I need to be more pointed and contained with my classroom students. However, I feel that the classroom management plan and discipline tips taught at NTI will continue to help me fine tune my teaching skills and procedures for future development.

1 comment:

Upward Bound said...

I too struggle with similar weaknesses. Time management is so critical. At this point, I still struggle with what is most important and what can wait or be left out. I find myself rationalizing my work similarly to what we learned in one of our classes on what is importnat to know versus what is nice to know and what is plain old nuts to know. We just can't do it all. Over commitment is a biggie on my list. As I have begun to learn to say no to people's requests, I feel a bit guilty but know it is the right thing to do. Sometimes I think I hurt their feelings but if they are true peers then they will understand its not anything personal.