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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?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

If I only knew!

The biggest thing I have to say that I wish I knew would be the assigning of positions. I heard of it before NTI but, didn't fully comprehend the importance. Creating job descriptions was probably the most important exercise that I did during the NTI. Being a supervisor in Broward schools before I came to Georgia, job descriptions were an everyday tool. However, assigning them to the students! I would have never thought of it! I felt it was to great a responsibilty to bear for a teenager. Boy, was I wrong. The impact is incredible. Thank you NTI!


Hal said...

I agree totally. That's what I wrote about as well. I found that assigning positions really helped me manage my time better. With students doing all the jobs that I had to do last year I have found that the class and labs run much more efficiently. Plus, the kids like having the job titles. I even found that the kids who don't really do the best job making videos in class really like having jobs that makes them feel valued. Ever since I started using my lab management plan we have had no major issues and very few small issues...and I mean microscopic small.

Angel said...

Oh yes, you are so right. NTI helped me out so much by teaching me how to designate responsibility for the students. It takes alot off of the teacher. The students feel important and take ownership of their position. My students can't wait to get involve with class activities. It is great!