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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

The veterans at my school have said that once you get through your third year, it all falls into place. I'm feeling that. I will be finished with my third year this June. I don't feel like a rookie anymore. :-)

This course has done so much for me as a teacher and I wish I had known about it and completed it BEFORE I began teaching as opposed to after. But, I am comfortable with where I'm at in my skill level now.

The challenges that I face next year include a new curriculum with new Standards in line with Georgia KEYS. I also will see how to create and apply new content in our new schedule. Everyday will have a different bell schedule and it will definately take some getting used to. But, I think I'm ready for the challenge.

Most of my closest students are graduating this year. That's a love/hate feeling right there. I'm glad they are spreading their wings, and are successful, but I hate knowing they won't be there when I come back from summer break. I hope they apply the skills they have learned to whatever it is they want to accomplish. I also hope they keep in touch. Now it's almost time for new faces to come up from the middle schools with new "babies" to train. :-)

1 comment:

Lori said...

There have been so many new teachers that have said that they wished they had taken the NTI course sooner. I am not sure where that ball is getting dropped...I think by the local counties. I found out about NTI through calling Sonny Cannon. I think that as the NTI family grows...old students will continue to tell new teachers about the course, and they will get to take advantage of the classes, sooner that we did ! I am just glad that I did find NTI.