Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

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.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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, October 29, 2016

Together or Alone??? Which is better???

Hey there NTI gang… Well another week and it’s getting better and better for me. I hope the sane for you as well. Now to blog business. Hmmmmm… synchronous versus asynchronous – which do I like better, and why. I can say for me they are “equally” beneficial; however, if I had to choose one, it would definitely be synchronous. The reason I say that is because learning in a group setting (synchronous) allows me to get information and ideas from other professionals that I can take back and utilize for myself. It has also given me a chance to grow as an individual and become more confident because I realize that I may not be the only person experiencing trial and error when it comes to being a new teacher. I figure the more the merrier. I tend to learn better in a group setting because what I don’t know or may be too embarrassed to ask the teacher to explain, I can always ask three then the teacher. I feel a little more confident when I am in a group setting. Not sure why, I just do. I also enjoy the comradery with my classmates. Building positive and long-lasting relationships that is beneficial to my career. Don’t get me wrong, asynchronous is a great way to work; however, for me I feel like sometimes I second guess myself when I work by myself. I tend to be an over-thinker and that takes a lot of my time, especially when I have deadlines to meet. With my group setting, it helps me stay on task and get the job done effective and efficiently. I can say that our intelligent and awesome professor, Dr. Burns has definitely done a great job with implementing both learning styles.

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