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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?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Open Mic - 3/24

Hello NTI Family:

This week has been one of my worst weeks yet since the beginning of the year. I have truly been exposed to the "cream of the crop" in a negative way. Tuesday started the nightmare with 3rd period. I was in a classroom that was created for students who failed Algebra I and have been tossed in to this class. Half of them are not even interested in doing math and don't care to work. They were loud, yelling across the room to each, combing hair in class, not even trying to learn. So, next class, 5th period, is 2x worse. I have a very diverse group in both classes, but this particular period, I have a black student that wants to use racial slurs towards an Pakistanian and they begin to battle, throw paper and all, tear up the lesson. It was a mess. I just told them that if they continued, I would write them up. Well they calmed down for a bit, but started back up. Wed., I am called to be the same teacher. Now I wanted to go home sick because I dreaded 3rd and 5th period. So, my strategy was plain and simple. I gave them a lecture (about life and how important it was for them to pass the class in order to graduate and become successful....) at the beginning of the class and explained to them some rules of the classroom while Mr. Condon was out. They didn't really like it, but understood clearly that severe consequences would follow if they acted up. It went much better and I actually didn't have to write anyone up. So this morning, when I arrive, I have another math teacher who has the same types of classes. You know I was already conditioned, but the kids weren't ready for me. 3 days in a row of poor discipline and unfocused students.

The kids are just "OUT OF CONTROL" and seem to not care about learning, being respectful and trying excel.

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