Thank you NTI!
I take this opportunity to say thank you to the NTI program and my fellow classmates for making me a better teacher. I had some teaching experience prior to entering the world of high school and CTE however it was always with adults. I have taught at the technical school level and also in hospital systems, but not high school other than an occasional time or two as a guest. Teaching the younger student is definitely in my opinion harder to do. The high school student sometimes comes in with the attitude that “I have to be here and don’t want to be.” or “The counselor put me here.” or that “My parents said I had to take this class.” The difference with technical level teaching is that the student has invested money into their education therefore has a more vested interest in learning. I find that in teaching high school students there is not “currency” to motivate them other than those few students that do care about their GPA. This presented a challenge for me that almost made me give up last year. I came into the system just before the holidays in 2011, and by the time the school year ended in May of last year, I had decided I would not come back. The subject of taking teaching courses through NTI came up and I thought why not give it one more try. I am glad I did! I have learned how to deal with the high school learner by not trying to change their attitudes and beliefs but by changing my own. I had to take an inventory of what was working and not working for me and integrate what I have been taught by NTI over the past year. What I have learned in my opinion is invaluable and will guide me to being more successful this year and every year I stay with teaching. So, having said this, thank you Dr. Burns, Dr. Montrois and Ms. Chillis for sharing your expertise and advice. Thank you to each of my fellow NTI classmates as well. I have learned so much from your shared experiences and shared learning! I think that the NTI has given me a gift –
Never Teach Insecurely (again).