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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

My thought on the New School Year

    I felt more confident beginning the school year after attending NTI this summer. The previous two years of classroom instruction gave me a knowledge base to reflect upon, as I mulled over the instruction that I received as a student. I began my third year of teaching high school with direction and preparation. 
   Classroom strategies, discipline and methods have benefited me tremendously. These ideas were presented to me this summer, and I have incorporated them.  My level one and two classes keep a student notebook. It keeps their minds and hands busy. The students seem to take pride in their work and they have a better understanding of the direction in which they are moving. I have set up lab managers, equipment managers, and classroom assistants. They keep me from being so overwhelmed with ninety-eight students. This also develops future leaders for my upper level classes.  The school year began with a routine which I repeat and I remind the students often of the classroom logistics and expectations. The method of demonstrating and modeling equipment usage has helped the students to perform properly with less accident issues. Having learned that there are various styles of learning, I am incorporating all styles into my classroom presentations. I am using visual, audible and tactical sessions. The tool that has helped me the most from attending the New Teacher's Institute is preparedness through good lesson planning. At times it is hard to stay on top of the preparation but the time is saved in the long run. Also, there is a noticeable difference in  classroom management when the lessons are prepared and varied. NTI has given me an overall brighter outlook on teaching.
     The area that I am struggling with is classroom management. I do not struggle with the two classes that are one level of twenty-eight students. However, I am struggling with my divided classroom that has an upper level class and a lower level class. Fifteen of the students are a level. The struggle comes with being successful at balancing my teaching responsibilities between the two groups.
One group needs a written lesson plan and constant supervision during the time block. The other group needs input from me as they run the studio. They also need guidance as the studio is new and when problems arise. The way that I am problem solving is two-fold. I am developing my senior leaders to follow through with my directives. This takes outside preparation by me, ahead of time. I give written instruction or clear verbal directives. The other thing is that I have sent each group of fifteen students to a different lunch. This gives a thirty minute slot of time for me to spend with the upper level students. I don't do this every day but only as needed by them and I eat my lunch in the classroom. As time goes by, the studio based students will become more self-sufficient and independent. This is the best solution that I have for now, as I was unaware that the class would be mixed. I feel that with the expensive equipment now accessible to my classes that it would be best to keep the classes separate. As we all know, in education, sometimes you have to roll with the tide.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Help is on the way. The next Saturday session we will work with teaching multi level classes. Dr. J.