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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?

Friday, September 19, 2008

What worked and what did not

We are in our 4th week of school and I must say that I feel like I finally have a grasp on this teaching thing that we do. What has worked so far is the lesson plan that we have already done. I feel that I have more time to dedicate to my classes because I do not have to worry so much about the lesson planning. The set induction works quite well to get kids attention. I would normally use bizzare ethereal photos. I started using the class objective as their notes in the beginning of class. Other strategies for kids behavior like the look has worked for me, but I'm sure I'm not doing it like the man we saw on the video. His look is more like "you need to stop", my look I believe is more like "what in the world are you doing?".

What has not worked. I tried to implement the "notebook" like what we did in class this summer. I seem to have only 70% of my student on board with this. The other 30% I'm investigating to see what I missed. Also the closing remarks or questions, for some reason I seem to forget to do it. I can catch myself sometimes, but not always.


Christina Hinz said...

I forget to do the closure and transfer-out too! Sometimes I remember and try to squeeze it in, but I can't remember always, especially when we are doing group work.

I have also implemented a notebook this year too. I give the students quizes that they can find the answers to using the information within their notebooks. I may throw in a question from the syllabus, others from their bellringers, and some from the daily assignments that they are supposed to have. The first time I gave a quiz, I noticed that some students did not have notebooks and they were just out of luck. They have started to keep up with them better as they see the contribution it makes to their grade. But, it is hard to get EVERYONE on board with being organized enough to keep a ntoebook.

Upward Bound said...

I too have this problem. It is difficult to gauge the amount of time left in class especially if we are involved with hand on projects or activities. I try to remind my students about 15 minutes before the bell rings that they need to start wrapping things up within the next five minutes. It usually doesn't work though. Even if they do gather their things within this time, they always grab their book bags. Since it is difficult to sit in their seats with the bags on their backs, the students tend to start standing and then the talking starts. By the time I get the class to sit down and listen to my transfer out and closure, the bell rings!

Dr. J said...

Maybe you need to structure your notebook with more checks along the way? What kind of grading system do you have for it?

Keep trying on the closure - it is important.

I want to check out your "look" or "eye". I seem to have perfected a scary one! Dr. J.