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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, January 21, 2013

Like many of my fellow new teachers at NTI, I have several things I would like to do better. Aside from better time management skills, I would like to be able to say the word “no” more often to those who are constantly insisting on my help which is usually on a committee. If I can say “I would love to help you but no…” I think that time management would fall into place almost on its own. I have one thing however that stands in the way of this and that is often administration does not give the teacher a choice. I fully understand that they have to get their duties accomplished too but I think that often they don’t fully realize (or forget) what it takes to run a classroom efficiently and timely. I appreciate the amount of work they are faced with but the question is are the students being served to the best of our ability?  Maybe I can make a suggestion at some point in time like at a faculty meeting at the beginning of the new school year or better yet, at the end of this year, that new teachers be given a little more time to get acquainted with their teaching duties before being inundated with all the other commitments. Saying “no” for me is a little difficult as I always strive to please others. I just thought of something – I never made a New Year’s resolution!  This could be mine – saying “no”.

1 comment:

Sherri said...

I think the art of being able to successfully say "no' may be one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. The challenge is to be able to say it when it is our boss asking (or telling) us to do some additional duty. I think the response of "what is in the best interest to the success of my students" is a very effective approach!