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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

Year 2 in Review

Well, I must say this year has gone far better than my first year. The techniques I learned from NTI have been a true blessing.

There have been a lot of changes within my school this year. My school is going in the direction of Smaller Learning Communities, and Law and Justice is one of the communities. I have been requested to do a lot, which isn't a bad thing because I have had some great opportunities to attend some excellent training. My school leaders are very impressed with some of my accomplishments.Now, this is not to say I am an excellent teacher; I have to far to "grow" before I can accept that title, but I am "growing." I am not as lost most days, but I do have my days.

The lesson plans are good when I can figure out a time to sit down and actually create a weeks worth.
The concept of teaching is almost unrealistic to achieve. If I continue to give all that I got then I neglect what is most important to me, my son. I spend countless hours between learning my job and school. It got to a point where I started to resent the whole thing. Thank you Dr. M for steering my focus.
Things have gotten better.I guess the best advise I can give you all is God, Family, You, and then all other things. This is the correct order of things. Happy holidays to you all and wishing you a successful New Year.


Tracy Misner said...


I also felt like I lost a little of me last year. Yes, I too, spent countless hours doing things for others...often at the expense of myself and my family.

Once I realized to "take it easy" I began to formulate a plan of action for me and for my students...

That plan included a list of objectives..lesson plans, lab plans, personal achievement plans...and priorities.

With all that planning I was destined to succeed. And this year I have no planning period...yet I still raised over $6000 for my program... writing a grant, charging for video services in the form of donations, and utilizing lab fees.

My program is stronger than ever with a waiting list and full classes. I am seeing my students produce some amazing videos.

All of this with the NTI way in my back pocket!

All I can say is that I am very happy with the direction NTI has set for me...that and the wonderful camaraderie I have here!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Sabrina - good to hear things have improved since our conversation - keep after it - it does get more manageable. Enjoy your time with your son over the Holidays!