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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?

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Groove

I wonder if there will ever be a time when you seem to slide into a "groove" when it comes to teaching. A time when your lesson plans work for all of the classes that you teach from now on. A time when you don't even have to think about having to plan because it just comes natural to you. A time when all of the discipline issues seem like a walk in the park. A time when you have ample funding for your program or at least the uncanny ability to improvise using the materials at hand. A time when all of your students take your advise about their work ethic and just work hard all semester long. A time when you don't have to say 50 times over "o.k. guys it's time to clean-up and pick-up" because they just know that it is. A time when all of your students are considerate of school property and start to really take care of the equipment in your lab. A time when you can build meaningful, lasting relationships with all of your students in just one semester. A time when mutual respect between the teacher and student is commonplace. Then again it might be kind of boring that way......I wonder......


joec said...

While that might be possible in some school systems, it will never be reality in most. I think I have pretty good classroom management and a decent rapport with most of my students. However, most of the time, there are just too many external forces at work.

Connie said...

It might be impossible, but we can still dream about it, can't we?

And, you know, I think part of being a good teacher is just plain learning to go with the flow. I think I tend to get too bogged down and worry about every thing. I am slowly, very slowly, learning to just go with the flow!