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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, September 14, 2009

The First Few Weeks of School

The first few weeks of school have definitely kept me on my toes! This was my first year actually teaching Cosmetology so it was all very new to me. I had been working in the self-contained special education classroom. There were four of us in there so it never felt like my actual classroom. I always had someone checking on me or backing me up. Now, I am completely alone and solely responsible for everything that goes on in my classroom. I am enjoying the teaching part of it though. NTI helped me to be prepared for that first day. Normally I would be nervous but I was calm and ready to start my day. I had a plan and a schedule for how the day was going to run. I continue to feel prepared, however sometimes incidents occur and put a kink in my plans... such as a student passing out, getting sick, or even a student flooding my classroom! Through all of this luckily I was able to remain calm and take care of the situation on hand. I am very thankful for the strategies that I have carried with me from NTI and look forward to what's in store this semester.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Randi - yes, our labs and students can get interesting, can't they! I love the control coming through in your post and I can see you handling all those situations calmly - kudo's to you!

Courtney said...

I am glad that you feel relaxed in your class room this year. I know the feeling when you have something planned and you have to change it at the last minute. I think that by having nti this summer helped. I am using other career pathways to help my program grow.It is gret that you are enjoying teaching. Sometime I wish I was co-teaching. Just make sure you have a good relationship with your students (get to know them).