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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?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Help Has Arrived !!!

This school year in comparison to last year , has been great ! Last year was my first year in the public school system. I met many obstacles and difficult challenges within one school year , at the beginning of school I was handed a book ,a set of keys and a classroom and simply was told " Go for it Ms. Fountain " from an administrator. The classroom was a virtual war zone very similar to what "Joe Clark " experienced at East Side High in New Jersey , remember the movie "Lean on Me" with veteran actor Morgan Freeman . This year I felt better prepared to meet the teaching aspects head on . I simply had plenty of ammo to work with . the summer session of NTI was a great fast track program that gave me the tools I needed for the classroom . I came away with a better understanding of rubrics, lesson plans, classroom management and even how to create and effective bulletin board . Recently I've had the opportunity to share my NTI bible with some of the core teachers ,many of them are going through TAPP to satisfy their certification. This school year so far has been exciting in the classroom , I have truly loved the how I'm learning to implement the fundamentals of teaching this year in comparison to last year . However there is still quite a bit more to learn and discover ,but I'm ready for the challenge.

Selina Hamby-Fountain


Dr. M said...

Hi, Selina - great post, and I love that movie as well! It appears that you are equal to the challenge of implementing your new NTI 'tools' in the classroom this year, and you will only get better as time goes on. I'm looking forward to following your progress throughout the year. Keep up the great work!

Suzette said...

Hi Selina,
I am glad to hear that you are off to a great start as a second year teacher. As you know, this is my inaugural year. I understand the "take the keys--off and running" concept you describe. I have a tremendous support system at the school, as well as from the HSTE instructors throughout my county. The new teacher, new school experience is sobering; advisory committees, CTSEs, lesson plans, web pages, meetings, parents, emails, phone calls and let's not forget--DUTY. I believe that the second year may show some improvement because the baseline will be created. I will have the option next year to improve. In the mean time, I will continue to drink 5 hour energy drinks, smiling and acting like I'm not exhausted!