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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?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What I've learned

Throughout the duration of this year of NTI I have learned so much that I can take with me in my teaching career. The main topics that I can use right away are the objectives that we can set everyday. Before NTI I had an idea what objectives were but I could never clearly put them on paper. However with the lessons we had from the NTI instructors and our handbook I now know how to use effective and clear objectives for everyday lessons. Something else that I can take with me is the use of "proximity" when my students are talking when they are not supposed to. This is a great way for me to keep teaching my lesson and not looking too obvious in terms of attending to the talkative student. Another lesson which I learned that I have used that has been effective is the "It may not be important to you," and the "It concerns me when." These are two ways that I can express my displeasure in a very professional manner. Students know that they don't want to disappoint their teachers and when they do, they don't want to hear a very un-professional lecture or speech. These two methods are professional and they will get my point across quickly. There were a lot of things that I learned about myself during this process. However the one thing that I learned about teaching is that I know that I can be a very effective teacher!! One thing about my teaching career is that I always worried that I wouldn't know how to be a teacher. Knowing the material that you are supposed to teach is not an issue, it's whether or not a teacher can get the information to the student effectively and clearly. That was the one thing which I struggled with, but after NTI, I feel a lot better! NTI has been a very helpful program. It showed me that planning and teaching can be in order and that it can be done in a way that it can be enjoyable for any teacher. My belief is that if a teacher is having fun, then the students will have fun!

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