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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 3, 2008

What would I do dirrerently?

Question of the Week-- January 28th - February 3rd
January 28th - February 3rd-- Of everything you did last week as a teacher, what would you do differently? Why?
What would I do different, as a teacher? Well, last week was the first time I had to plan a lesson in physical science. I think that is something new and different for me. The lesson related to the electrochemical properities of cells. Yes, that was my topic. This was also the first time I lead any class this semester. I was very nervous because the students don't see me as the real teacher in physical science, so if I did not have classroom management issues before, I do now. The children were asking do they have to know this and should we take notes. They thought it was interesting but they know they don't need the information. In their book, this topic is one paragraph and the concept is very big. I believe this is an issue for my health science topics as well, there are many topics in healthscience that are huge--such safety--fire, personal, and patient safety that requires the instructor to break it down to a lower level. I find this (breaking the topics down) to be my biggest challenge because it is so much information and I don't want the information too small. Then the information will become boring to the students and myself


Jessie H said...

It is challenging to teach new content. You have to stay 10 steps ahead of your students. I recommend giving yourself plenty of time to review the content you'll be teaching and to plan the learning activities you'll use to engage your students in the content. It's actually a great learning experience for you, but it can be demanding.

Shane C. said...

Thats great that you are going outside of the box with your curriculum. I happen to know several CTAE teachers in my county that dont know thier curriculum well enough to teach outside of the box. It seriously makes me angry to see these kind of people in a teaching position after I have chased a position of this sort for a long time. Its great to know that there are still teachers out there who can teach something other than what the text book states.