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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?

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Next Friday March 22, 2013, will bring to a close my "Teacher Practicum" at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA. It has been a great and challenging experience to say the least. It has been many, many years since I myself have been in a high school class environment, and I can only say that teachers today are dealing with a new breed of student. Yes, students of today play the same games and try the same tricks that we did back in the day, however, with the addition of multimedia, style trends in clothes (sagging pants, etc), teachers of today face new challenges. Before taking the NTI program, I had been teaching adult students for over 25 years, so coming into today's high school environment was somewhat of a shock to me. But I survived! Part of my survival has been due to my past teaching experience, strong sense of discipline, leadership and military background; but the most beneficial survival techniques that has helped me over the last two months at McEachern High school has been what I have learned through Dr. B. and Dr. M. in the NTI program! Everything that has been covered in the NTI course came to pass during my teaching experience at McEachern. I must say that this program is a MUST for anyone going into the career tech field. The observations by the instructors is the "icing on the cake"! Their critiques are extremely helpful in fine tuning the "student teacher" until the rough edges are smooth. Thank you for smoothing out my rough edges and helping me to be a better teacher in the Career Tech class environment!

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