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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, October 7, 2013


Timesheets, Employability Skills…All these things I wish I had either implemented at the beginning or was not as slothful in taking care of them (grades). In Summer NTI, we learned that structure and routine is something the students needs and is required and also to be proactive and not reactive. Of course, that was the purpose of completing our classroom rules and lab rules. There were a few things I did differently from the previous semester. I decided not to delve deep into lessons until about the third week of school. This was a pro considering, I was still getting new students the fifth week of school. If I could go back, I would still implement my timesheets and employability skill sheet from the beginning. There are things my students are doing that are wrecking my nerves (it may not affect other teachers), but I feel it may be unfair or come across as a punishment if I implement it now. We haven’t discussed careers yet, so I’m thinking this may be a great time to squeeze it in. I do know, next semester, I will implement from the beginning. It worked so much better when this happened. Plus, I truly believe the students appreciated the structure, enjoyed the signing in and out, and they adhered to the deductions for employability skills. Any thoughts?


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