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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?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I truly am appreciative of this summer session of NTI. Without it I'm not sure what kind of year I would be having. It was so helpful in helping me structure my Level 1 class, that it is almost in cruise control. I can't say the same for my level 2 classes. It seems that I have created an extremely arrogant bunch. They think they know everything, and still don't know nearly the capacity I want to teach them. Our goal's this year are simple. We will produce a regular news show. We got off to a rocky start and things are still rough. It seems they forgot everything we ever discussed. I see them making mistakes with videos that make me sit back and think "who taught these guys, because it certainly wasn't me?" I constantly find myself practically teaching them level 1 all over again. The funny thing is these guys were on fire last year, and they came back to me completely changed. I guess I'm gonna keep patching it up with short term band aides, until I can get a long term solution in place.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Hal - could it be the dreaded 'senioritis' that too often affects even our good students? Sometimes they need total immersion in something to really get the hang of it, and constant attention to detail until they get there! It is frustrating, but keep after them and they will eventually perform to your standards, as long as they know what they are. Lights, camera, action!