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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?

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Well, I had my second observation from Ms. Chillis this week. I was not expecting her and while I was about 10 minutes into my lesson, she sat down in the back right next to my desk.

Today my students were discussing that day because they could hear my voice go up an octave in pitch! I got really nervous, but then suddenly realized that i needed to concentrate on my students' success, not MY performance.

My lesson "killed" that day (that is an old expression from stand up comedians who achieve success with their audience). We went right into the lab activity smoothly...and then i took a deep breath because it all just seemed to flow together.

After the class was finished, Ms. Chillis looked for my objectives....I raised the pull down screen (I often pull down the screen after I state our course of action and use the lcd with my computer)..and lo and behold, all my objectives were there on the white board.

I did not mention that I had no white board in my class at the start, but found one under one of the sets of steps in our building. I have a small collection of white boards now. I have two affixed to the wall, one huge one that I lean against the wall and one on an aisle.

At any rate, I cannot believe how much I learned at NTI..I mean REALLY learned...and use EVERY day!

The observations are merely a formality to see if we actually learned during class.....and I think i can speak for the entire class...yes, we've learned it!

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