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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 12, 2009

Open Mic

During my 3 years of teaching I have often wondered if I made the right decision leaving Corporate America and entering the education field. In such a short time I have experienced some dramatic highs and some somber lows. For the most part I have found myself questioning whether I have what it takes to become a successful teacher. I have finally come to the conclusion that I am doing what I was called to do. I am very fortunate in so many ways and I can thank the professors at NTI in helping me to realize my full potential.


Georgette said...

Hi Bernardo,
I have actually wondered the same thing many times! Although I feel like I was born to teach, I have questioned whether I should be teaching high school kids (sometimes they seem so unappreciative) and whether I should return to corporate (because of the salary). I, too, have come to the conclusion that I am where I'm supposed to be. I didn't think I could do it, but it becomes easier day by day, week by week, semester by semester..... I look forward to experiencing even more and thank NTI for helping me realize my potential over this past year.

Joe Westbrook said...

I think that you have what it takes.
Yes,after many many years in the real world it is difficult to switch to the Educational world.
You have done it. Good Luck