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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 Works and What I am still working on!

What works. - Something that has worked for me real well has been the installation of a classroom organization. By allowing the students to have and participate in active roles it has increased their intrest in the class. Although it does not work perfect at all times or the same for all classes it does introduce them and increase their knowledge as to how a organization works and to some of the challenges they might face as they endeavor to accomplish the task of the organization. It also helps with classroom management by increasing their responsibility to their assigned task and their work areas. It also allows me an opportunity to improve my classroom management by having the students to share in the responsibility of the class and facilities.

What I am still working on - I have had an opportunity to use many of the ideas, tools, and training that we have covered during the summer and into this fall. As luck would have it I have three of four students that at our school that have been identified county wide as having a tendancy to act out, in all their classes. These three, from different school areas, are all in the same class for me. I feel that I have made progress with them this year but still have a long way to go. They seem to have many issues and have been identified by other teachers as such. The students seem to want to do better and at times they do try. They are very impulsive with very active minds. Some of the teachers seem to accept their failing ways. Again I believe I have made progress but have a long way to go with them. Does any one have any thoughts on how to help these students who have spent a lifetime becoming the way they are.

Thanks in advance.

RS, Alpharetta


Dr. J said...

Hi RS, I would like to have some more specific information on these 3 students. Also, don't let what the other teachers say about them affect the way you work with them. Thanks, Dr. J.

RS said...

This was from a county wide survey.
Still that is what other teachers said.

You are right, just today I sat down with two of them, reflecting over the day and heard some stories that at best indicate neglect or lack of maybe supervision in their early lives.
Thanks for being a compass.