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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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 12, 2009

Open Mic - Last Day of Spring Break

It is hard for me to zero in on any one or even several important events of this past school year that have made an impact on me. I could say that just experiencing another school year along with getting through NTI has impacted me greatly. Looking back at the very beginning of NTI until know, I would say the we havew all accomplished a ton. The days have merged into weeks which have merged into months which have all flown by quickly. Now here we are only 8 weeks from the end of the school year. Eight weeks seems like a long time to get things done that I need to, to ensure that I have taught a complete curriculum. However, I also know that 2 weeks are taken for finals, one week for final project presentations, and another week with career fair, blood drive, and speaker. That leaves only 5 weeks left and a whole heck of a lot to still get done. Those 8 weeks now seem like a very small amount of time to me and I still feel the pressure of the demands of the school year. I think the best part of it all, once said and done, is that another year of experience will be under my belt, NTI will be completed, and I will have summer break to look forward to and I will get to spend time with my family. Hopefully life will slow down just a little bit and the pressure will ease up. Teaching school is a roller coaster ride for me. You experience the exhiliration and the fear of anticipation when you begin, then you get into the groove and enjoy the ride, however you start to feel queasy and ready for it to be done so that you can get off. I am ready to get off and take a breather. (Can you tell I went to Disney World for Spring Break?)

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