Tuesday, January 09, 2007

NDT 2006 PA: Graduation Day series II

Colleen's NDT Journey

The Journey to become a Coordinator Instructor (CI) within the NDTA is a Journey. Here is what I have learned so far…..

Always make an extra copy

Pass out copies individually to students, if someone doesn’t have the handout, tell them to look harder

Have presentation on hard drive, thumb drive, portable drive and burned on CD

Always accept a student with technology expertise

You can never have too many kids signed up for practicum

If a child is perfect for learning in practicum, they probably will get sick

If a referring therapist tells you that the diagnosis is unknown then the child is probably not a good match for the practicum

Nothing is easy except for the easy button

Crying is draining for the students, even worse for the instructors but often challenges you to look deep inside and grow

The students will teach you what you have not taught well

There are blue, yellow, green and orange learners but all are necessary for a beautiful rainbow

Office Max does not carry a binder large enough to hold the NDT handouts

Staplers that work are hard to come by

When feeling stressed, shuffle papers or repack your bags

Repeating a name 3 times gets a students attention: ie:Danielle, Danielle, Danielle

There are never enough mats or enough Clorox wipes

The “Five and Below” is not a place to save money

Make friends with the Mina’s and Karin’s of the world

Ask Lois to be your mentor, she may say yes

When you know what road you are going on, you will definitely get there

“The end is never as satisfying as the journey. To have achieved everything but to have done so without integrity and excitement is to have achieved nothing.”

Kudos to all who got there, as I continue on my journey to get there!



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