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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?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Worked Well and Not Worked Well

A little of everything has worked well together. If that makes since. I have given control to some select students and they love it and run with it. While other students I have to think long and hard about giving them control. But in the end I must give them some sort of control because I will run myself crazy.
The use of a classroom and equipment manager has helped me out tremendously. The students really love the idea that they hold a title and can say that’s my job. I actually had a student ask when do I get to be the manager. I love that they take it seriously.
I am getting use to lesson plans. Sometimes they work well when I think they won’t. Then just when I say, “I got it” this plan is going to rock…Its all down hill…it doesn’t work. I then take it personally but the students have no idea that the day didn’t go as expected. They only except what they are given and move on to the next lesson they have.
One of my fellow teachers said to me don’t take the day/class and dwell on it internally because the kids let it go and start over fresh the next day, oh to be young again.
All that being said the strategies that we are leaning can only benefit our teaching practices as well as enhance the learning skills of our students.


Ed said...

I feel for you on the lesson plans sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I am starting to mix up my lesson plans with some of my hands on activities. I am having some success. From what I see in your posting, I would take your class.

Dr. J said...

I have to tell you that teacher gave you some good advice. There were many times this summer things didn't go as I had planned and you all never knew! I also deal with dwelling on things too much and I can tell you it's not healthy to do that. Do as I say, not as I do! Dr. J.