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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, September 20, 2010

Using NTI so far...

The NTI has helped me tremendously so far. The first day of school went by easier than I imagined it would. I used the "First Day of School" tab to prepare. The next major help from the summer course was the Sub Emergency plans I used the last minute to attend a funeral in Birmingham that day. The other teachers in my department were asking if I felt like giving up yet? I really felt prepared though. My Daily lesson plans have not been much use though. I feel like I rushed through them to complete them and have since thought of better ways to teach than the time allotted in the summer course. Being a fir4st year teacher, I have found that taking the NTI before teaching was a godsend.

1 comment:

Sabrina said...

Well Hello Dustin,

This is my 1st year and one month of teaching and I can tell you that it gets slighlty better. I'm not as tired as I was last year; however the NTI summer "bootcamp" session has been helpful, and yes even those darn lesson plans. (well some what) My only advice as a "rookie" ( I love my Law and Justice terminology)is to do what you can and don't worry about the rest. It will come to you and eventually you'll be passing on advice to the next new "rookie".