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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

Thank God for NTI

I was better prepared this year thanks to the NTI program. Especially with the lesson plans which were my Achilles heel. The bulletin board project helped because last year I was clueless on how to prepare one. Learning new ideas on my teaching approach from my fellow students and the set induction with the kids has helped a lot. But due to changes in the curriculum we are doing a lot of sponges to enhance the kids writing skills. Now at the alternative school a lot of our students are exceptional students therefore the fat city videotape enlighten me a lot along with sitting on SST meetings. But thanks to all my instructors and classmates for their help.


Patrick said...

I have to admit, the Fat City video really made an impression on me too. I found my wife's old copy and watched it again with her(she is a teacher also). Incidentally, I must say that I can't imagine what it must be like in the alternative school setting for a teacher. I think it takes an exceptional person to be a teacher in such an environment. I know that most kids are not bad, they have just made bad decisions thus far. It requires true leadership to pull them back from the edge.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Anthony - excellent post and thanks for sharing your experiences with what has worked for you so far this year. Isn't the Fat City video just eye-opening? Glad to hear it has enlightened your school-day . . . I can just see you applying techniques and knowledge from the videos in your environment. Keep up the great work!