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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?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What has worked and what has not worked

What has worked: This is my second year teaching. Having a year's experience under my belt coupled with all the information learned at NTI this summer has made the first month go pretty smoothly. I feel more confident and relaxed and I believe that is impacting the "psychological learning environment". It is nice to see familiar faces among my students and it was easier to learn my level I student's names quicker. Last year I had to learn 130 new students because everyone was new to me and this year I only had to learn 53 new students. That made a big difference for me right there. The transfer in and take 5 activities have been the most helpful. Especially the "3-2-1" we learned a few weeks ago. My students really picked up on it and enjoyed answering the questions.

What hasn't worked: I really liked the concept we learned this summer of having the students repeat back instructions before moving into an activity. This hasn't worked out for me though. I know the reason why. It is because I forget to ask the students to repeat back to me. I give instructions and then set them about the activity. I guess I don't feel like time is really wasted during transitions so I haven't had a big need to change my routine to include it. I do believe if I could get into the routine of asking it would benefit the flow of things but truthfully I just keep forgetting to do it.

1 comment:

Brenda said...


You are right I have forgotten the last step also. But I found out that if the students do not repeat the instructions for the task assigned, they are confused and continues to ask questions for clarification during the group activity. I found that to be very tiring for me. Now I am more conscious of my oversights and is trying to work smarter instead of harder as they say.