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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, September 6, 2014

Adam. From the Beat to the Classroom...

What are some strategies or products that you have implemented from our summer NTI that made your semester begin more smoothly and more manageable than last year? If this is your first year, what is working well? Remember to post and then to comment on another classmate's post.

    As u you all know, this is my first year as a teacher. After ten years of Law Enforcement, I felt like it was time for a change. I wanted to make a positive impact on the youth in the community I serve and protect. I have had the opportunity to start the first Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security class at Marietta High School. I will admit, I was very nervous in starting this new journey in my life until the first day of NTI.
    After meeting new people and Dr. Burns I felt confident I was not alone. I learned so much over the summer and have implemented the following in my classroom: classroom setup, think pair share, reiterate the instructions, group work. After doing classroom management and behavior issues in class I realised I needed to setup my room in order to adequately move around. I made row which allow me to move around and make contact with every student with out having to disrupt anyone else. "Think pair share", has allowed me to let the students talk instead of me having to stand up and preach the whole class. The strategy of letting a student reiterate the instruction makes other student feel comfortable to listen and know they can ask a classmate if they have a question. I feel confident if I had not started with this class I would be back on the road working the beat.


Gina Gailey said...

Adam I totally relate to what you are saying. I too was in the "field" for ten years before deciding to pursue a different path. I too was scared and felt alone until class started this summer.It made a world of difference knowing that I had other people I could talk to that feel the same way I do and are transitioning just the same.
You will no doubt be a very effective teacher. It is encouraging to know that there are teachers like you developing our students into future officers. There is no better teacher than those that have been in the field and actually have the experience from it.

Chef Gar said...

9/7/2014 Hi Adam. I was in your shoes last year as a first year teacher. It is so wonderful that you have the knowledge from NTI to help during your first year. NTI certainly helped with building confidence, and it has provided great techniques to be an effective teacher. I also found having students reiterate the instructions have been beneficial in making students feel more comfortable asking questions. Being a chef, I’m constantly on my feet both in the classroom and in the kitchen. I have found walking around during class has helped with classroom management and behavior issues as well. With the help of NTI I know you will have a wonderful first year of teaching! I look forward to reading about your progress throughout the year. –Chef Garrison

Dr. J said...

Hello Adam,
Not only are you a new teacher, but you are opening a new program. That is a lot to take on and I know you are a good choice as the leader of all this. It is really different working with students instead of the public or "suspects." You are using a whole new set of skills and I'm thinking it may be frustrating at times. Stay the course. You are going to have great things happen with your students. I bet you are very interesting to these students. You have a lot to share. I look forward to working with you at your school this semester. Dr. J.

Chris Cannon said...

Hey Brother, I have been hearing a lot of positive comments about your class this year. You are doing a great job and the students seem to be enjoying the class. Thank for being open to working together with the NTI class, with out you I don't believe I could have made it through the summer. I am glad though I will be able to help you this year when you need it. Keep up the great work! Cannon