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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, September 21, 2008

KJ; Reflecting on the first weeks of school

The one thing I have been most impressed with to this point is utilizing a warm up. Last year I had no idea what a warm up was or even how to put the concept into place. I would let them come in and talk quietly as group while I got my teacher duties out of the way and got prepared to start class. This year after hearing many ideas during NTI, I settled on the “Quote of the Day” and tied it into their work ethic grade. They are to read the quote, take a moment to reflect on it, then, right me a paragraph on what it means to them. Several times we have broken off into a 10-15 minutes of discussion on how they feel the quote can help them better their study habit and/or their life in general. This part is amazing to me, once they open up and you show them respect for their opinions, they show even greater respect for you a person and a mentor. Out of my three blocks, one class in particular seems to enjoy this 5 minute exercise more than the other two.

Now on to the negative, I still struggle with time management as a whole. While I feel I’m more prepared for class this year, I struggle with the maintaining a steady pace with my Engineering Drawing and Design Class. I’ll have about 6-8 students (Group 1) that grasp what I am showing them to do and have another 6-8 (Group 2) that with a little one on one time will come around to what I am showing them. Then there is the rest of the class that looks at me like I am speaking a foreign language to them and will take the entire class period and some time two days to understand. I feel like if I keep giving the moving forward with group 1, group 3 will never catch up. On the other side of the coin, if I continue to work with group 3, I am not being fair to group 1. For this most part I utilize group 1 as student teachers to help out group 2. Is this a good idea or not?


Dr. J said...

If Group 1 doesn't mind it is helping them to develop leadership skills by "peer teaching." Or, do you need to reformulate your groups? Dr. J.

KJeffcoat said...

I'm nt in control of the groups, I was just labeling them in groups. It is just that some students get it, some students with a little work will catch on and some students take a lot longer to get it.