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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 about myself as a teacher this past year is that I have lots of patience and had some sort of calling to be a teacher. There has been many times that someone younger might have given up, but because of age or ignorance I did not give up. Young people today are different than just even a few years ago. Patience has been a blessing at times in my classroom. The kids are always watching for your reaction to every situation. Sometimes students will try you just to get some sort of reaction or delay to instruction. There have been many occasions where the reward is larger than the detraction. As I have written several times in this blog, I am truly thankful for the support from my family, friends, the NTI instructors, and my boss. I did not to choose this new career path, it choose me and I am blessed.
I cannot narrow down what I have learned this past year to just a couple of ideas. This blog has been a vent, a learning tool, a summary, and a reality check for me and I have enjoyed the blog immensely.

1 comment:

RS said...


I agree with you, it is hard to narrow down to just a few things that I have learned this year. I can tell that your experience and maturity bring a lot to the classroom including the endurance that is often needed. Your school is very fortunate to have you.