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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, February 24, 2008

Free to run!

Ya know, I like being a CTAE teacher instead of something like an English or math teacher. I have free run of my classroom and I'm able to teach the curriculum how I want to teach it, not how the school or the other 4-5 Automotive teacher in the school want to teach it.

It seems that every month or so, I find a different way to teach. I know this isn't good for structure or student expectation but ya know what?..........Its gonna be better for future students. I don't really feel like I'm short changing the current students but I cant help but think that there is a better way to do things. As soon as I find a method that I'm totally comfortable with and the students are equally comfortable with, I will stick to it and allow the structure to settle in. For instance, I would do 2 classroom days, 2 lab days, and one review or test day. I have done this now for about 3-4 months and Its worked pretty good, just not as good as I think a class could work. I'm gonna go on a 2 month long experiment and see just how well this works............I'm gonna assign each student a task sheet with 2-3 task (big task) per week. I will work with them on a semi-individual basis and allow them to work at their own pace. They will also be aware of "filler" assignments waiting for them if they blow through the work with only partial correctness. They will also be aware that I'm looking for nothing short of "mastery". Wish me luck, I have excellent plans in place so I shouldn't have shot both my feet off, just one of them perhaps.

Keeping in touch? I think the blog limited to 07-08 NTI teachers may get kind of boring over time. Perhaps we should designate an Internet forum of such for future communication. This way, we can all smack talk and gang up on non-NTI teachers! Hahaha!


joec said...

I am blessed with an understanding admin. They know that I am just finding my way as I go. There is no doubt you are a master at your craft; you will be a master teacher. Good luck with the new plan. Let us know how it goes.

Jessie H said...


I really like your new plan. It sounds like it could really help teach students to be more independent and self-directed-- much more like the real world of work. Maybe you could have students work by contract on these semi-individual tasks. I think this could be quite successful as long as you provide students with clear guidelines and a lot of structure for completing the tasks.

Let us know how things go.