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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

Oh, I wish I had known....

The biggest thing that I wish I had known prior to my NTI training was how the high school education system would differ almost entirely with what NTI has taught me. If I had known this I would have been able to save myself a great deal of embarrassment in the face of administrators, Instructional Lead Teachers, and Board officials. I would have kept my mouth shut about what I have learned, not because I agree or disagree with any of it but because I have had to listen to them scoff at me about it repeatedly. Next, I wish I had realized that one should never tell colleagues "just wait, because such&such is coming". I have found that the county will tell us that one technique in the new thing, the University system will tell us another thing is the next big idea, and the state Board has yet a third opinion as to what should be next. It is just like the old southern adage, "If you don't like the weather in Georgia....wait five minutes for it to change." I believe this is why so many teachers strive to do just enough to get by. They know that if they commit effort toward the new best practice it will be a waste of that effort. I know what actually works in my room and I will use everything I have learned, and everything I continue to learn to meld a technique that gets the job dome better every year.

1 comment:

ZELDA said...

You are so right everyone has a better idea they all want to be leaders!