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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
My position at Cobb County Schools was eliminated last week along with another 51 classified employees due to budget cuts. I had been working as a nursing manager until a HSTE job opened. Several doors have been closed recently but I truly believe the right door will open. I hope one day to be teaching again and now realize that the grass is not always greener. I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful future and thank you for allowing me step in during your third semester at NTI. Best of luck!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thanks to all
I have also enjoyed meeting all my classmates from different disciplines. Construction, cosmetology, construction, video production, nursing and others I have not mentioned. Everyone has been friendly and cordial. I have made some new friends and a good support system for my profession.
The instructors have been excellent and very knowledgeable in their content area. Every thing that we have learned they have done a great job using it to teach us. I now have a better understanding on how to apply cooperative learning, because we have done it in class. Overall, my experience has been positive and productive thanks to the excellence of our instructors.
See you all on Saturday.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
As I continue to teach and attend conferences and High school that work conferences. I see that the philosphy that we have learned in NTI for most part has a great foundation. Simply because the key words I hear through the conferences I have attended have the same types information concerning teaching and classroom improvement towards students. If feel good about my job and teaching a certain swagger and confidence that didn't have before. I would like to think all the Instructors and Teachers in the class that made this possible and wish everyone much success in their future career in education. I had a wonderful time!!!!!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I think we should plan to do something to celebrate.......you know I love to plan out events........so if anyone is interested or have any ideas please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I am reflecting on this past year with a smile on my face. Arriving at NTI last summer was a little frightening!! I laugh when I think about how intimidating it was. I am so glad that I had NTI before I stepped into the classroom and during the first year experience. The prep for the actual classroom experience and the site visit feedback has been invaluable. I've grown so much over this past year. Becoming a student again has amazingly helped me to grow as an educator. I'm enjoying the evolution and can't wait to see where my teaching career will take me! Thanks NTI!
I think I need to have a talk with them before I leave. But, then again, I also think at the high school age, it is very important for the substitute to establish his or her expectations with the class from the get go otherwise they will fully take advantage of any situation, (no matter how good they are when you are there) especially since it is the end of the year. I am sure it will all work out. It always does.
Man...I really needed to vent. Thanks for listening! Have a wonderful week.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The NTI classes and the people from class always gave me a different approach concerning my job. The teachers in NTI have some of the same problems we all go through during the semester. It makes you feel like your not along when people have some of the same difficulties that you have and when you can talk about solutions to solve the problem. I feel the job of teaching requires Knowledge, Patience, Love of Teaching Kids and self discipline. all the attributes you learn on the job and through NTI.
I want to use this open mic time to express my views as a student which always spills over to my roles as a teacher. As a student, I have never taken such a straightforward class as NTI. The benefits and results of my studies with this group of professors are overwhelming. They have all been perfect role models and in every lesson have first shown us exactly what they wanted. Lesson Plans have never come as easy as they do now and that’s saying a lot with the HSTE curriculum. Additionally, their behavior towards the class, always available, willing to give a second chance, always pleasant, have been an excellent example for me and has taught me to assume a more productive role with my students. I have seen a major difference in my students this year and I truly believe that it is a result of what I have been taught at NTI. I keep saying I wish I had done this class the first year, but I sometimes wonder if I would have valued it as much as I do now.
I have also tried to establish a better relationship with my parents. I know this can sometimes be a real hard thing to accomplish sometimes but going that extra mile will surely pay off when it comes to problems or issues. Keeping a good repore with parents is a must. I was for a while not comfortable with talking to some parents, until I started calling and putting forth an extra effort to let them know the status of their child. I quit trying to sugar coat things and started laying it on the line letting them know the goods and bads. I feel I have gotten more respect that way and as bad as it hurts sometimes to hear your child is not doing well, it has to be said. But that also needs to come with a follow up of these are the steps we are taking to help your child and what can you do at home to help us help you.
Later if we need to call the parents for their assistance and to share knowledge and viewpoints, it is surprising how we both seem to have the same concerns. Just as we are seeing a change in the students at school, so are the parents/guardians. Often times not only does the call help us to correct the behavior, it helps the parents to deal with other issues. The call from us provides the parents the motivation they need to address things they are dealing with at home. A lot of times the parents are sitting back thinking this is not a big concern and that the problems will pass. A call from us often gives them the reinforcement they need.
Just this week I had an opportunity to phone a parent and find they were noticing similar attitudes. It mostly had to do with the condition called senioritis but it provided the parents a chance to address the child’s lack of focus, motivation, declining grades and generally poor attitude. This student has big plans for college and a career and needs to understand the need for staying focused.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I feel that I have grown more as an educator and a student. I have gotten in the mood of attending school so it allows me to understand my students even more. I appreciate NTI and that it do for Career and Technical teachers throughout the state of Georgia.
I will keep you all updated on my certification with the ACF. I am really proud to announce that I have 6 students that passed the servsafe certification exam......this was really great!!!! Some of the students passed with really high scores so it made me feel good to a certain extent because I did have some that did not pass (they were really close). I know now that its important to constantly assess the students in various areas so I can see where they are struggling the most with the information. Otherwise it has been an AWESOME year with great students.........now we must await and see how the next year will be.
I feel that I have matured greatly this year, both professionally and personally. On a professional level, I have learned more about classroom management and I have proven to myself, that I can manage a group of high school students. This has lead to greater sense of pride in what I do and an overall confidence boost in my role as a high school teacher.
Personally, (and this may sound familiar) I have learned to appreciate my time more, especially my time with family. While we have not yet welcomed our firstborn to the world, the pregnancy has afforded me the opportunity to evaluate my priorities. I just feel that my time and my time with family are more important than any job.
I have also decided that teaching broadcast video production is the best possible way I can work with students and still get to practice my passion, making videos.
This has been a very good year.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This has been a good year... but as a teacher and student - I am exhausted now. I am grateful for the good times and the challenging moments. Attending NTI was a great experience and I would recommend this course to all new teachers. Thank you NTI Instructors for sharing your wisdom and professional talents. I will certainly use all of the knowledge and skills learned in my teaching practice to prepare and equip our future leaders of tomorrow.
Others have a front row seat and can't wait for the next turn in the course and have a full advantage and outlook that others cannot yet see. They see light in the near distance while others see the the encroachment of greying clouds and wonder if another downpour is on the horizen. But where some see darkening skies others see a sliver of light shining from behind the clouds.
What does all this mean..?? If you're in the back of the boat with those who see only the bad..switch seats next to someone who sees beauty in the clouds and restless seas.
PS I took my GRE today and made the score needed to get into Grad School!!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
This course has done so much for me as a teacher and I wish I had known about it and completed it BEFORE I began teaching as opposed to after. But, I am comfortable with where I'm at in my skill level now.
The challenges that I face next year include a new curriculum with new Standards in line with Georgia KEYS. I also will see how to create and apply new content in our new schedule. Everyday will have a different bell schedule and it will definately take some getting used to. But, I think I'm ready for the challenge.
Most of my closest students are graduating this year. That's a love/hate feeling right there. I'm glad they are spreading their wings, and are successful, but I hate knowing they won't be there when I come back from summer break. I hope they apply the skills they have learned to whatever it is they want to accomplish. I also hope they keep in touch. Now it's almost time for new faces to come up from the middle schools with new "babies" to train. :-)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Time managment is critical in taking classes this time around in school. I no longer have the freedom of just being a student. As a mom, wife, full time teacher, school council member, volunteer and on and on, it is difficult to complete all tasks before me. I have found that I must depend on others to take on responsibilities I once assumed and to help more. Like the saying goes, It's not the trip that is exciting, it is the journey it takes to get there.
To summarize, the most important thing I have learned as a student during the past three semesters in NTI is that I lacked the knowledge to run a classroom and instruct affectively. The first thing taught at NTI was to not re-invent the wheel. We now have benefits of those before us. I believe Instruction requires knowledge, and further knowledge should be our highest priority. My father would ask daily what I had learned, when I made a mistake he would ask the same question. Our student’s parents should be doing the same, but more importantly are we?
Student 2 is the instigator. This girl has been known to start at least 3 fights. She goes out of her way to target volatile students who will believe the proverbial “them”. “Them” or “they” are the all powerful force that seems to know everything and rules teenagers. Yes, student 2 uses “they” or “them” to start trouble between students. Then, she complains to me, of all people of all the drama that we have at school. Student 2 like student 1 has been suspended several times also.
One day, student1 and student2 were arguing in the hallway telling each other to shut up! I broke it up, of course, and reported both of them to the Assistant Principal. When I informed the Principal of what they were saying to each other, he burst into laughter and said, “Only if they listened to each other”.
I have more of this sort of day, maybe I will tell you about it on the next open mic.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The areas where I have been able to learn and grow the most, while attending NTI, is in the area of classroom organization and management. I have learned a lot from the teachers and friends at NTI as we all have been juggling full time jobs, attending school and living our lives.
I certainly am not able to go at the pace I was once able to go at, but by applying what I have learned in classroom management and organization to my teaching career and my personal life, I have become more effective as a teacher and a person. I have learned how important it is to keep growing, learning and making contributions to others and our communities rather than retire and sit on the porch.