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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, September 18, 2008


What has worked well for me: I have used many of the strategies that I learned at NTI. My favorite is having the students repeat the direction to me. By using this technique I have cut the transition time in half. The less time the students spend transitioning the more time they spend on their activity. That is always a good thing. Overall I think the semester is going much smoother. I know I am more confident and secure with my teaching.

What has not worked for me: The classroom procedure "ask 3 then me." The students have not grasped the concept. I am not sure if was my explanation or if the concept is too complicated. I plan to reintroduce the concept for spring semester. In the mean time, I made a new classroom procedure poster and set the other one aside for now. I figure if that is the only thing that has not worked I am doing okay.


ConnieB said...

I am going to be very honest in that I don't agree with (or possibly don't understand corretly) the "ask 3 then me". Just because another student asks another student before they ask me doesn't guarantee that they are getting correct information. When it comes to questions, I much rather have the student ask me first. We all know how the game "telephone" works and I think if the student asks other students they can easily get wrong information. Also students may not feel comfortable asking another student for fear of looking stupid so they never get answers or clarification to their questions. I did not use that rule in my class and I don't see me using it ever. It may be that it is not a good rule to use in your class and with the type of students you have. You may indeed have explained it fine but it is not a good rule for your students.

Dr. J said...

Hi Aimee,
Just take what works and use it. Not everything works for everybody. I used that strategy just for simple things to keep me from getting mobbed, ie things like where do I find the rubic for an assignment.
Anyway, everything I saw when I observed you was great!!
Dr. J.