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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, April 28, 2014

The Most Important Thing

This is really hard for me. We have learned so much this year. I think naturally I possessed a few skills that are important to being a successful teacher. I am organized and I think leading by example speaks so much louder than do as I say, not as I do. For that reason, lab and classroom management came easy for me. I am a hands on learner that needs step by step explanation so task analysis helped me put into words information I need to transfer into a skill set. I am pretty in tune to the affective domain of learning because I understand the need to feel safe in my work environment. If I had to narrow it down to the most important thing it would have to be writing assessments. I took for granted the tests that were provided for me were quality assessments. After all, they were written by professionals so they have to be good, right? I will be spending this summer creating assessments for each unit that I teach. There may be some questions I can use but the formatting will have to be changed. I also learned that essay questions do not necessary mean paragraphs and the ease of grading depends on a good answer key. The assessment piece struck a huge cord with me. I have been frustrated on more than one occasion after assessing a unit. Now I have the tool box to create meaningful assessments that will be a better judge as to my teaching abilities. As far as personal growth, I think this course has made me more well rounded. I don't have tunnel vision as much as I did before beginning NTI. The past three semesters have taught me to look for the big picture (teaching, informally assessing, remediating, and formally assessing in all THREE domains of learning).

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