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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?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Open mic

Good Morning NTI Family,

Today is TGIF and I look forward to our 3 days off. I now have a new assignment during 2nd period each day. I have been asked to go into a Spanish class that supposedly has students with behavior problems. So Wed. was my first day in there and from my observation, the students are very talkative (freshmen what do you expect?) and want attention and love. Some of them are off task without textbooks or sleeping in class, but there are not bad students in this class. Now all of these topics were discussed this summer during NTI and I recall that there are several methods that need to be done according to the situation at hand. Mind you the major problems I witnessed were: a teacher that has poor classroom management skills and yells at the students alot. She makes fun of the students and uses sly remarks to degrade them if they do something wrong. Yesterday, she gave them an assignment and failed to provide proper instructions, so the students kept talking and asking questions. The list goes on and on. However, this teacher has been teaching for 5 years and obviously hasn't been through NTI so she is not an effective teacher. She knows how to speak Spanish well because that is her native language and she expects that all her students should learn it quickly. So, this has been quite interesting for me to go in and be the "Behavior Bouncer" and keep the students in order when the teacher is the one out of order.

On another note, I think I have a job, but waiting on the interview. I've been applying like crazy to all high schools, so if any of you have leads, send them my way or email me.

Oh I must go put on my "Bouncer Hat" for class next period...

1 comment:

Johnny Jackson said...

It must be frustrating to be in a class and know you can do better and not be able to do anything about it.