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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?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What I Have Implemeted From NTI

There are several things from summer semester at NTI that have been very helpful however, for me as a first year teacher I would have to say the lesson plans have been the biggest benefit. I say this because before NTI this summer, I had not seen a LP and my first semester was very stressful because I was coming up with LP’s at the last minute and they were inadequate. The NTI LP is so detailed that affords me the opportunity to constantly work on my classroom management because I know that if I am not into my set induction during the first few minutes of class, then there is a great chance that I won’t complete the lesson. I feel a bit more organized and I have a road map for what it is that I’m doing everyday so this semester has been a lot less stressful. This semester I have a good group of students with the majority being upperclassmen. Thus far I haven’t had any major behavioral issues but occasionally I have to use some of the lower level strategies such as the “to me to you” statement which seems to work very well. Also, whereas last year I spent more time at my desk, now I move throughout the class to monitor student activity and this helps deter them form going overboard and getting really out of hand. There were also some sample logs that I received during summer semester that I use daily and have been a tremendous help since this semester at least two are required by my administrators. In addition I incorporated some of the parent/student logs in to my syllabus. During pre-planning I made copies of all the documents from my NTI notebook that I thought I might need to quickly access and transferred them to a smaller notebook given to me by my principal that I keep it on my desk while my NTI “bible” is safe at home.

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