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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?

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Most Useful Topic.....

I would have to say that the most useful topic that I learned during this semester had to be the technology lesson. By my own admission, technology is NOT my forte!!! I always seem to be light years behind everyone else, when it comes to technology. I found the information that each group shared to be quite informative. A few of the sites were familiar to me, meaning, I had heard of them, but not used them. Most were new to me.  The other day, about 15 minutes before class began, I was playing around with wisc-online and found a cool interactive power point on the chain of infection. It was exactly what I have been teaching my students for the past week. I was planning on using the lesson plan that I had worked on the night before to review the topic with my class. I figured that the interactive powerpoint would be neat to use at a later time, after I had more to play with it. As it turned out, my class flew through the lesson review that I had planned for them. Just as I realized they were going to finish up before I needed them to, my administrator walked in to evaluate me!! "Great news class", I said, "I have a special surprise that I planned just for you today!". I proceeded to go to wisc-online. The kids really enjoyed the powerpoint, and I watched as my administrator nodded approvingly. Thanks Trent, for introducing me to this site!

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