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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?

Friday, October 1, 2010


This week, our CTAE departments had to participate in the Federal Compliance Review. Of course, the big wigs from all over the state of Ga. came by to make sure our programs are in compliance. Anyway, I was questioned about what I felt I needed to have in my classroom/lab in order to do my job better. I proudly stated that I felt that I had everything already. Our program is blessed to have the equipment it has, and that it is up to me and within me to make it a great program. I take pride in knowing that I can not be replaced by technology. I feel that the life lessons and teachable moments can't be taught by a Smartboard.


Freda said...

Pamela, as always I enjoyed reading your post. Maybe your last statement is an essential key to what is going on with the school systems presently. The technology is important but I believe that the teacher, teaching is the key. What happens if the technology fails, many would be immobilized for the day? There is more to learn about teaching, but what I have learned is that we do have everything we need. We have knowledge and understanding of our fields. We have passion for our areas of concentration. One of the biggest resources that have been more endearing and helpful to me has been the teachers I meet at NTI. You are truly inspiring. Keep up the amazing work. And yes, the teacher cannot be replaced by equipment. Freda

Anonymous said...

Well, I dont even have a smartboard.:-) However, I agree with you. We do have all we need, and you know what? Teaching has to come from within, I do want a smartboard though. I'm going on my second year. I must say that it is better this year, with some of the things that I have learned from NTI. It really is amazing, if you just go with the program and get over yourself and your fears. How great of teacher you may become. Thanks to Burns, Chillis, Montrois, and all of my classmate.