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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, April 5, 2009

The Most Important Thing

The most important thing I have learned as a student during the past three semesters in NTI is that knowledge of a subject matter and the ability to teach are processes learned. Starting with classroom management, student behaviors, and good planning. These we would probably realize, but fail in our procedures without the knowledge learned from NTI. Lesson planning, classroom and lab procedures also require knowledge. The numerous teaching strategies taught at NTI benefit our programs, they allow us to reach all of our students and provide variety for our students. The multiple assessment strategies alone would have been worth the tuition.
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?

1 comment:

ITechman said...

Here, here. But remember, knowing and experiencing are 2 different things but are related. Kind of like theory as opposed to application. You can learn everything NTI can teach you, but it "feels" different when you are applying what you have learned. So you may not have to re-invent the wheel, but you may have to steer it with your personality.