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FINAL BLOG POST - OUR "DAILY TRIPLE" (DUE 12/1).
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

Reflecting on the first weeks of school, describe one thing that has worked well and one thing that hasn't worked well.

Reflecting back on the first 5 weeks of school has been very exciting for me because I have a large new classroom and lab. I have enjoyed setting up the classroom and laboratory as discussed in NTI this summer. The staff and students are also excited also. Overall things have gone well for me. I am using the lesson plans and classroom management plans which have proven to be very helpful. The emergency lesson plan was submitted when requested and I was so happy to have it already completed.

The frustations felt over the last couple of weeks are related to equipment and supplies. The HSTE laboratory list of supplies ordered last school year has been placed on hold. I find that particularly disturbing because I had planned my lessons around the items needed to do demonstrations. The best part of this situation is that I was successful last year in a classroom with only a textbook and no supplies, I am certain I can do well with the few supplies that I do have on hand and the teaching strategies I am learning at NTI.

The other frustrations this school year has been the placement of students in the HSTE classes that have not had the introductory class. These students have not been exposed to the medical language and terminology and is expressing some frustrations themselves trying to keep up.
Assisting these students and performing demonstrations and checkoffs have been the greatest challenges so far.

I am hopeful and I know that I can continue do well inspite of the circumstances beyond my control. The students are enjoying the class and that is the most important fact in this giant high school puzzle.

5 comments:

Grummer said...

Brenda,

I had this same problem this year as well. Our school was extra slow getting supply orders together and I went about a month without printer ink, which is difficult to do when all of your coursework is computer based! I definately had to get creative.

As for the students not having the proper intro class, I have this issue at the beginning of each semester. I send the student to their counselor and tell them that they must take the intro course because it is a mandatory prerequisite. The counselors are usually pretty good about changing their schedules when they hear the word mandatory...

delores said...

Brenda
I always have a problem with supplies as well. This year Career Tech sent us instructions to order supplies through their dept....I am still WAITING.

I agree with the last comment regarding the placement of students in Applications without intro...According to State curriculum and pathways, this should nt be allowed. The counselor should remove these students, it is an injustice to you and the student.

delores said...

Brenda
I always have a problem with supplies as well. This year Career Tech sent us instructions to order supplies through their dept....I am still WAITING.

I agree with the last comment regarding the placement of students in Applications without intro...According to State curriculum and pathways, this should nt be allowed. The counselor should remove these students, it is an injustice to you and the student.

KJeffcoat said...

I feel your pain with the budget cuts as well. I was giving a figure for my budget and it was about three to four times the amount I received last year. I was excited to embark on new ideas and projects for my class. But, before I could put my order together I was told to order only the supplies I needed to teach, not the supplies I wanted to teach with. Although it was aggravating, I understand their principals in the budget cuts. With all that is going on in today’s society, think of the cost of gas that the school system has to keep up with just to get the kids to school. Hang in there it will get better. And as teachers, we can overcome these challenges.

Dr. J said...

The fact that you are willing to work with what you have shows me that you have the ability to puzzle out these situations and survive. You have a great attitude toward the high school puzzle! Dr. J.