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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?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What has worked and what has not worked

I have survived my first six weeks as a new teacher in a tough high school with a smile so far, so that tells me that something in my classes must be working. I have 3 ninety minute blocks with multi-level students. I have kept my lectures to a bare minimum and have tried to incorporate alot of group activities to help students to have a variety of learning methods during one class period. I have created "Body Planes and Directions Win, Lose or Draw" for my Applications to Therapeutic Services class and they really enjoyed that. They did not stop playing until the bell rang-which is a miracle in and of itself. My Introductions Classes have enjoyed my Jeopardy test reviews with bonus points or Free Dress Passes (where they don't have to wear scrubs on professional dress day.)
There have been a few things that I can improve upon, like classroom management during my third period class. It is over 2 hours long due to lunch being during this time. They get tired of being in one class for so long and while they are not really disrespectful, they do like to talk. I am trying to break that class up into even more activity and small discussions, but near the end of class (we have last lunch, of course) they do like to get off task. I got some good suggestions from my classmates on how to handle this, but would love any new methods to handle this.


Dargo said...

well I have an intergrate block class and some times I use some of the take 5 mathes to get the students in a better mood for the class becouse it is so long for then.

Julie J. said...

I'm interested in your Body Planes Win Lose or Draw. Is this something you would share with others? Thanks!

Julie J from last year's NTI class.

Dr. J said...

I think Dan gave a good suggestion in using some of the Take 5 activities to break things up. I'll take a look when I vist you - which I am looking forward to. Dr. J.