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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 I would do differently

Last week was really not a good week for me. The students really seem to work my nerves more so this week than anytime this year. I wasn't feeling well most of the week and decided to take a day off. My students are somewhat well behaved when I am gone. If I know that I am going to be out, I usually leave them a video with discussion ,well this time, I left book work and worksheets all related to the information we were working on. Well, I am sure you all know that nothing was completed. The substitute didn't even follow the plans I left. He didn't pass out the assignment to some of my class and I advised him that none of the students were to use the computers, well they did exactly what they wanted to do. I was so frustrated when I returned. What I would do differently? NOT TAKE A DAY OFF! No, I am going to stick to what the students like when I am out. Videos and threaten them with corporal punishment!


Jessie H said...

Sounds like you had a rough week. It's hard to summon up the energy needed to teach when you're not feeling well. Hope things go better the next time you're out. I don't know why subs don't use the lesson plans teachers leave for them. I think that using the lesson plans would give them more leverage to manage the class. It's a mystery to me.

Julie J. said...

In response to Jessie's post...

Our subs are only paid $50 a day. I'm convinced that they are bound and determined not to work for that $50 but to babysit and "play" with the students. After all, as long as there is a warm body in the room, the students are being monitored...right??

Victoria said...

It's unfortunate that your sub didn't follow your lesson plans. I know that at my school, we are instructed to follow the teacher's lesson plans ALWAYS and must not deviate with other plans. One bad sub can really ruin it for the GOOD ones like me...