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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?

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Last week was my first week in the classroom. What a ride!!! My students was  assigned a long term sub  last school year and the beginning of this school year. The welcome that I received from SOME of the students was encouraging. They want a permanent teacher in their health Care classroom. Other students were not so welcoming because now we have Class Rules and Organization. I am walking into a challenging environment because there was no structured. My biggest challenge is Classroom Management. I remember my first day in the NTI class; we reviewed classroom seating/desk arrangements. I am implemented this suggestion on Monday. I am eagerly waiting the summer session of NTI to get more classroom strategies and classroom management methods that will be helpful.

As I begin my journey, I am sure there are going to be many obstacles. I am also looking for the fun and wonderful experiences that will follow.


Alicia Brooks said...


Welcome to the generation and the world of I do what I want I don't need structure. I remember when I started last year December. I had the same issue. Especially with the girls. I have a kitchenette and they were in and out using the microwave and storing their food in the fridge with the sub. Well you know I stopped that as soon as i walked through the door, and one of the young ladies said " You can't come in here changing things". Well my response was this is my room, I am in charge and if you don't like tough. There are new rules and expectations you will follow so get on board or get left behind.

After that no more problems and disrespect. Its funny how the students that didn't like my class last year in the Spring are stopping by this year saying that they wish they were in my class and apologize for being ugly to me. Very Interesting.

Tawanna hang in there its fun and rewarding.

Trust and believe they will get over it and get on aboard the ship of healthcare

Candice Rayner said...

I can only imagine how you felt Tawanna coming in a class that had no previous structure. I agree with you on reflecting back on our NTI instructions on classroom management. I find myself reviewing some of the strategies often. I've noticed that we have to change our strategies up sometimes. So far, every time we are at a midpoint or ending a semester I have to tweak some of my rules and management strategies. I started off as a long-term sub and I realized then if I didn't get that group in check I was going to leave a big mess for someone to have to fix. Keep up the good work and stay on the ride.