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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?

Monday, April 6, 2009


When I began teaching, I was told on several occasions that after my third year of teaching, I'll feel equipped and fully prepared as a teacher. I must say that I feel that I am on my way to making that statement a reality. My first year teaching was a year spent finding my way a the lowest level imaginable. I was glad to assign work, manage a class, grade the work, and look like I knew what I was doing. Then, I began the NTI program. Now I have a clear idea of what is professional and required of a classroom teacher. I feel that my lessons after two years of experience, will be right on target with what I am trying to teach the students. Thanks to this program and my local system, I have learned a great deal of information to aid me in my classroom instruction.


Lori said...

Hi Grummer. I am with you...NTI has better prepared me for the classroom. I wish that I had taken the class the first or second year, but this was my third year at my local high school. I can say, that this was the easiest year yet, probably because of the NTI training but also because, time has passed.After year should keep getting easier !

Amy M said...

I certainly hope it gets easier after 3 years. I asked a colleague and she says 7-8 years before you really get into the groove. I can see that. Thanks to NTI, in a few years, I have options for those days when things look monotonous... I can just look in my bag of tricks and pull out a clever lesson. I think 3 years is good for finding that comfort zone, but much more to get into the groove. Just don't dig a rut!

Mark said...

What you say about the first year of teaching has a lot of merit. The first year, I felt like I was prepared and knew what I was doing. My second year, I was not quite sure of myself but felt like I did a pretty good job. Then came N.T.I. and I discovered I was not prepared at all. I have learned much from the instructors in the N.T.I. program. I wish I had taken the course during my first year of teaching. I could have used a lot of the N.T.I. information during my second year of teaching. In about three week we will have finished N.T.I. and be on our own. I have really enjoyed meeting all the teachers in our class and hope all the N.T.I. students have a great teaching career. One other thing I’ve learned from N.T.I. If I need help, I know who to call.