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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The most useful topic for me this semester...

     There are many things that I have learned this semester (and this year) that will be useful to me in my classroom. The one I will blog about is the use of technology. This was the area that I was weakest in when I was hired September 30, 2011. I knew this going in and I discussed it with my Assistant Principal during the interview for the position. He assured me that there would be "some training" and that I would be okay. I can honestly say that he was correct. There was some training, however, it was probably more geared toward prior knowledge of technology and veteran teachers. As a Registered  Nurse for fifteen years my expertise is in the knowlege of keen assessment, care planning, and education of clients and their families regarding their care. This required little or no use of technology most of the time. The equipment ( i.e IV pumps, blood pressure monitors, CT and MRI machines) used in the clinical setting was what I viewed as "use of technology. The only thing we used the computer for was to print out lab results and print out educational instructions for patients when discharged home. Now that I have learned multiple ways to engage students in the classroom, I am adding that knowledge to what I had previously learned from my school system and I am confident that I will be a more effective teacher in the years to come. I am EXTREMELY greatful for all the knowledge I have acquired from NTI, and the use of technology is like the icing on the cake for me!

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