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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.
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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

We have learned so many things......

We have learned so many things these past three semesters about teaching, students, CTE, etc. What is one thing you learned about teaching that has really helped you improve and grow? What is one thing you learned about YOURSELF as either a teacher or a student? One thing that I've learned about teaching that has really helped me to improve and grow is managing my class better, and not assume that all students are familiar with how to do things that I perceive as second nature. As for class management, I learned that by simply planning an engaging opener and not spending much time on lecturing can help create an effective learning environment. Another bonus for me, as simple as it may be, is having students repeat the directions after giving instructions on assignments. I didn't realize how much you can alleviate confusion, miscommunication and save time by having students repeat the instructions. It helps me to know whether or not they understand the directions and what's required. As a student at NTI, I've learned to put myself in my students shoes. For example, some of my students tend to be lethargic after lunch and need a stimulation to gear their minds to learn again. While taking classes last summer at NTI, we were given the opportunity of taking one hour lunches. Upon returning to class, I too at times felt tired and wanted to take a nap but still had to press into working on assignments. This scenario helped me to be more understanding towards my students who tend to work slower than others after lunch. I also learned how to have mercy on students who may need an extension on assignments. I didn't really give my students a lot of flexibility when working on projects. Giving strict deadlines to students was my way of preparing them for the real world, but negating the fact that life happens. I now have a different perspective towards students who need extensions on assignments provided they have valid reasons.

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