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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?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Open Mic

Spring break is coming to a close, I hear of the students disinterest and wonder if I am prepared. I have been told the last semester goes quickly, and planning becomes even more critical. To run out of time is not an option. We must meet and exceed the curriculum. I had a hard time getting the students going after the last break. These are the challenges we face, but like the others they will fade. The classes at NTI this year gave back to me more than the sum of the material. Each of us has experienced trials this year, I found strength in each of you. This is a class of highly motivated people striving for a single outcome. To achieve excellence in any endeavor requires this. I received New Teacher of the Year a couple of weeks ago. (What were they thinking?) As I reflect on this honor it occurs to me this was earned by all that attend, and certainly instruct this class. Your drive has driven me. I will recommend this class to all new teachers.

1 comment:

RS said...


Congratulations on receiving New Teacher of the Year. Your comments are very inspirational. I liked the the comment: "The classes at NTI this year gave back to me more than the sum of the material." The training and material we have received during this past year is tremendous. We are all muc better prepared to go out and serve as a result. This has been a year of many trials and I believe we have all grown.