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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?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Implemented NTI ideas

One of my takeaways from the summer sessions was how much use I could get from the camera projector we used in class.  Unfortunately, my school didn't have one.  At least not that I knew of!  The first week of school I went to the media center to see what I could scrape up (tight budgets and all).  The school system actually had a grant come through and the school received one brand new Epson projector.  Still in the box!  I quickly signed up for it and have been using it in all of my classes!  Given the class sizes and room configuration, I am now able to project notes, and show weld samples at the same time in perfect detail.

I was also able to obtain transfers for two seniors to join my class of 28 freshman to act as "assistants" to me during demonstrations.  They are happy to do this since they get credit for the class in an advanced level, and I am happy for the help.     

The lesson plans have saved me some planning time, and although I need to modify somewhat to accomodate the different student levels, class loads, and scheduling, they have proved helpful as a guide and tool.  Much of the thinking was done this summer.

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