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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, March 14, 2011


Hi All~

Sorry I missed you guys in last class...I was asked to judge the documentary portion of video entries for the Emmy's last Tuesday evening. I spent most of the night watching one video after another over at Fox 5 Atlanta.

Just prior to that, I pulled my upper level students aside to show them the implementation plan for retrofitting our video production studio. I made the students a promise earlier in the year that we would be a tapeless studio by the end of the year! Well, last week we received our new HD video camera and proceeded to redo the entire studio. We basically replaced an entire studio with one Mac computer and we have plans to bring in 4 more for post production.

Fulton County also came in with their own bit of good news. They realized that in video production it pays to be Apple Certified. FCS is going to pay for those who want it, to become Apple Certified. I was the first one to respond with a "sign me up!"

I now have my fourth student receiving state honors in video production this year!!! Our video production had never received one accolade in the years prior to me coming in.

For those of you who read my blog post about running it like you own it...That one statement has changed the way video is perceived in my school. It is now an honor to be selected to join our morning show. I plan the studio as a production studio to maximize the room that I have, implement new technologies (which, by the way cost less than old technologies!!) and I always keep my fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the industry to bring my students the latest and greatest!

This second year of my teaching has been a pleasure because of all that I have learned and applied from NTI! And, to add even more...ALL of my students are now required to have an online portfolio of their work....guess where I got that little GEM!!!!

I firmly believe that my applying the techniques taught in NTI have made my teaching very easy.....I equate this as learning how to swim...first you get tossed in the water...and THEN you learn how to swim, navigate, float, and tread water.

Thanks NTI!

1 comment:

Freda said...

Great job Tracy. Congratulations on the amazing program you have developed.