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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?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

3rd Week Post.

The problem I'm running into is my 3rd period class I have to threaten them almost everyday because of the continual problems I have with them talking while class is going on. I punished them last week because they didn't get to do a fun activity that was hands like the other classes. Once they found out they all came back to me the next day wondering why they didn't perform the same activity. I had to take the first 15 minutes of class to lecture them about their attitudes in class and how right now I don't trust them to perform demonstrations because they want listen. I hate doing this because it hurts the other students in the class. This weekend I have called Parents to make sure this this type of behavior stops because in my three years of teaching this has never occured.

The funny part when I talked to one of my fellow teachers and told them about the students I was having problems with they said they continue to have problems with the same students and sometimes they just skip their class. I hope the conversations I had with the parents will help this week. I hate to have these students removed from my class and put in weightlifting or something. Like my Father use to tell me when I was a child you have show some people that Fat Meat is Greasy. Meaning that you have to mean what you say and follow up with it . I'm sure this will be my last week dealing with this problem. I refuse to allow behavioral problems to damper my class.

1 comment:

Mark said...

I had the same problem with several of my students in my fourth period. I was able to correct the talking problem with very little action against the students involved. Of course, the first thing I did was change their seating. I placed the talkers in the front of the class close to me where I spend most of my time. Next, I gave the talking students three choices. Choice I, stop the disruption of talking or they would have to use the text book, read several chapters, and do all review questions at the end of the chapter.
The rest of the class does hands on activity while they are doing this. Choice II, write a thousand word essay on a subject related to their class curriculum. Choice III, stop talking, join the class, and have a good time doing the hands on activity with everyone else. So far, all talkers have chosen choice III.