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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?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reflecting on First Weeks.

What worked first weeks, introducing classroom manager has helped with work load of class. In most cases it has worked well, however in some cases not so well. I have been rotating this weekly, and filling the position by elections. In some cases the classroom manager has taken the duty and flown. In others the classroom manager has not taken the duty seriously and become a distraction. Perhaps I should have fired the poor classroom managers, however it seems I have mutiple students with learning disorders and more and still receiving notifications, have been reluctant to fire.
What has not worked so far is most work groups prior to ten days ago.
I was setting up work groups by the count to three -four etc. method.
A few days ago I did a cooperative learning experiment with two classes,
I used the first method with my first period class and chose the students for my second period class.
What a difference! My second period class excelled beyond my first period class by leaps and bounds.
However I would not have known my students at the begining of the year
and this would have made no difference. Ken B


Dr. J said...

You have learned something valuable. I don't like to place my students in group activites right off the bat. I like to know them a little better before I begin group activites. I think you did a wonderful job posting this learning to share with others this week! Dr. J.

Joe Westbrook said...

I fired my parts and tool room manager this week. The reason was that he did not want the job. The student that replaced him is doing a great job. I don't have elections I hire for these positions. So far it has worked.