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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?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bernardo Baker

During my first week of school I have found several of the teaching strategies and techniques I learned in NTI to be very efficient. Last year I was not equipped to handle the day to day operation that came with being a teacher. This year I've learned to manage my time, deal with behavior problems, and connect with students from all grade levels. I have been really impressed with how the different learning styles have come together in the classroom. Some days I am still challenged by several of the PEC students (Program for Exceptional Students) in my class. It has been a real challenge to keep these students on task. My main focus is to make sure that I am providing the necessary tools for these students.


Teresa said...

Hi Bernardo, like you I have found that the NTI information has been very helpful. Your comment that being equipped to handle the day to day operation is significant because we are not just teachers. If that were true I'd have it made. The administrative duties sometimes overwhelms me and the faculty meetings are not always uplifting. I think all of this goes with the job, but if the focus remains on the student we are on the right track. Recognizing learning styles is also important and I am more aware of those myself. Isn't it eye opening when you do a lesson and feel like you have reached each child in the room through some avenue of learning. WOW. It's those days I leave work energized. I guess if every day were a great day we wouldn't have to always work on improving ourselves.
I don't have very many students with individual education plans (this year). However, in the past I really studied the modifications for those students and tried to help them succeed, if even in small ways. You seem to have a personality that would compliment students with increased needs. I hope the rest of your semester goes well.

Joe Westbrook said...

I am in your AMEN corner.

chappstick said...

Thats good that you are hanging in there, because at times when teaching this class the easy thing to do sometimes is to quit, by just telling them to go and shoot something. Things will get better for you the balancing game is what you have to play because you may not be able to do everything but as long as you accomplish something. The connecting with the students is great because they know that you want to really help them, but don't get frustrated with those who don't want to connect but they want to be distant, always keep those in mind who you have and can really help.

Dr. J said...

Do you think we should do more with exceptional needs in our classes? Dr. J.