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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?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Last Week

If I could twitch my nose, or wave a magic wand and change last week, I would. My lesson plans weren't detailed enough, my attention wasn't there, and the week just sucked. It would be nice to blame the students, but this time it was all my fault. I thought I had a decent week planned, but my lessons were way too advanced for even my advanced students. A lot of stressors were present; from being ill with bronchitis, having an Industry Accreditation visit, being Chairman of two committees with upcoming events, having two impromptu evaluations by administration, etc. Will someone tell me when I can just teach? I am lucky with the admin. I have - they are good people. They know what I am going through. One thing I will do before another week chock full of shtuff comes around, I will have developed a set of "learn it yourself" lesson plans. Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated.


Dr. J said...

Would you be able to take those lesson plans that were too advanced and make them less advanced? Could you have a "research" type week where students work on a jigsaw activity? This is an excellent piece of self reflection. You are doing your own problem solving now! Dr. J.

Jessie H said...

This is something we all struggle with. I know many times I've either set the bar too high or two low for my students. These are the experiences we learn from as teachers. When we reflect on things that didn't go well and make adjustments, it just makes us better teachers in the long run.

Shane C. said...

Ahhh, one of those weeks huh? I used to run into this problem a lot due to where I came from. It hard to write a lesson if you are unsure of the level of your students and knowing that level just comes with time. Im sure you do well, Joe!

Johnny Jackson said...

I'll give you the advice you gave me last summer. It's better they know a few things well than a lot of things not so well.I think sometimes when we get more experienced we try to get too tricky. I've done the same thing.