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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, September 13, 2009

First month of school

This year is already very different from last year. I began last year 6 weeks into the year. The kids were in a state of absolute rebellion. It was extremely difficult to bring them back from the abyss. I was immediately 6 weeks behind in every aspect. This year we all started out together in a good place, so to speak. I started out with the desire to stay ahead this time and I plan ahead constantly. I also had little or no support last year from the administration. This year I have a dfferent Assistant Principal leading our department and he is fantastic! I have so much support now that I feel empowered to charge headlong into teaching with the passion it deserves. I have yet to employ techniques from NTI that I was not already using last year but I am sure I will soon. Every one of my fellow teachers at my school are already counting the days left in the year while I can't believe a month has gone by already. I am loving this!!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Pat - what an insightful and motivating post! Your students must be lovin' things this year, and having a supportive AP is all that as well, so keep him/her happy, so they stay around! Thanks for all the positives - keep it up.