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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

The good, the bad, and the better

I have to say that my experience as a teacher and as a student has had good times, bad times, and better times. The greater part of my experiences as a teacher and as a student at NTI have been wonderful and rewarding. To be a teacher, someone has to have a desire to give everything they can to help their students learn. My drive for teaching helps me get through the trying times that are inevitable in every career. Seeing my students excited about learning about transportation keeps me excited about teaching them. I think that career technical programs are very important for students. Not all students have the desire to attend college after high school, and it is important for our schools to provide a foundation for students who want to enter the workforce or who want to attend a technical institute. NTI has helped shape me into a better and more effective teacher. I guess you could say that the good and the bad help make me a better teacher!


Teresa said...

Hi Riley, at least you didn't say, the good, the bad and the ugly!!! I agree that not every day is a great day, but the good seems to always outweigh the bad. It is the excitement we see in our students that helps motivate teachers I think. Especially in Career Tech, when we have students up and about in the classroom / lab, loud, active, excited but on task and learning. That is fun! That's what our school targets as engagement. We have even had academic teachers make the statement that they wish they could just let the students play games. It's not games, it's just a different and creative way to teach and learn. CT is great, students are great....what a wonderful combination.

Linda G said...

I would never imagine how young you are from your postings. You very maturer and will certainly go a long way in your teaching career. I absolutely applaud you on your motivation and excitement for the students. It IS the excitement we see in our kids that keeps us going and finally saying to ourselves " yes I think I will come back next year."

I think we all forget(or at least I do) that in every career we will have trying times, hard times, and and plenty of frustrating times. But the results are worth all of that. To see a student sense of self come alive causes me to at times be speechless. Whether our students go on to college or not, we are shaping not only their manual skills but their people skills which is just as important. Keep going Riley!!