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3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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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?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School Thus Far

I know last year was my first year teaching, and it is suppose to be the hardest, but for some reason I feel like this year has been much more difficult.  I'm beginning to think it is because I know what I'm doing wrong now; more-so than last year.  However, all this stress does not even compare to how excited the kids get some days, or seeing how they process the information and that "light bulb" turn on in their head when they understand it!

I've noticed that almost every person at my school has more than one roll and title; some up to four or five.  Last year, I only had two requirements and I made the mistake of not saying "no" to people when they asked me to do more.  So up went the responsibilities and the thin stretching of my brain began.  I know that if we did not get done what we did at NTI this summer, I would barely be floating right now.  All the work really set the foundation for what I needed to at least have my classes be functional.  I keep having a desire for breaks to happen so I can work on more lesson plans and finish decorating the room, and every other item to check off my "to-do" list.  Apart from other jobs I've had in the past, this one's stress has been positively motivating and I think that is the golden nugget in teaching.  When we invest in other people, we are motivated to continue and push and strive for the best so that people get the help they need.

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