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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

Open Mic

This has been a very rewarding year for me as a teacher. My work load this year was less than last year and it enabled me to work on special projects with some of our students. Also, watching our students grow academically and become more envolved in outside activities. For instance, this week we have students in Spain and Washington, DC who are competing in history and science with other students form other parts of the world. We are sending two robotic teams to the world championship tournament. These students have won at the state and the national levels. Next year will not be so easy. I will have a full load of classes, and I have been put in charge of ordering and inventorying all of our book and collecting for lost books. Also, the knowledge that I will that with me form NTI has been helpful this year and will continue to be helpful in the coming years. I met lots of very nice people and made many good friends at NTI, and I know that I will miss them. However, life goes on.

1 comment:

Riley said...

It is great to know that you have had a rewarding year. The lessened work load must give you time to focus more attention on what you feel is most important for your program. Wow! It sounds like your students have a lot going for them. It has to be a valuable learning experience to get to participate in out of state and out of country activities. Next year when you have a heavier load, try to remember all of the rewards of teaching and try to focus on the good. I find that helps me get through the bumpy parts of teaching. Good luck with your career as a teacher!