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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?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Open Mic

This has been a really busy year for me and it has taught me some valuable lessons. Two lessons which I learned very quickly are, I implement everything I have learned this year in terms of the NTI material, and two I have to learn to balance my time better. All of the ideas and lessons I have learned throughout the NTI courses are exceptional, however it's probably going to take this summer for me to go over every lesson plan to figure out how I'm going to implement certain things from the NTI classes. I will say that the lesson plans, the rubrics, and the organizational materials I have used from NTI have worked brilliantly! A lot of my students have said, "This looks different from the past rubrics we have gotten." I replied, "Yes they are, as a teacher you have to continuously work to become better, just like students, you have to always work to become better students and not become complacent!" When I said that, it put my reasoning into perspective for a lot of my students. The second lesson I learned is the never-ending chore of trying to balance my time more efficiently. One thing about career tech classes is that they include so much more than other core classes such as math and history. The reason why I say that is because there is so much more skills challenges, professional preparation, and lessons outside of the classroom which are involved that we have to get across to our students. I will say that I enjoy prepping my students for these activities but it is very time-consuming. Although it is challenging to fit everything into my schedule however, I wouldn't have it any other way!

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