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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?

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Class of Seasoned Students

This is my second year teaching and I have a class in which a number of students were in one of the courses I taught last year. These students know each other very well and enjoy interacting. The challenging part for me is keeping the students from turning the classroom time into a social hour with each other. It has been challenging to try to keep them focused on the task at hand and complete assignments on time. I did change the seating arrangement in the class several weeks ago and that has helped. This is a second year class with frequent labs which can pose even more challenges. I have spoken to several other teachers in our department regarding the situation and they have shared with me that classes after lunch can be more challenging. Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions you may have.


Jayna said...

I have a class that meets right after lunch also and it can be quite a chatty group. I find that they are consistently behind my other classes. Something new that I have tried is playing music when they are doing their theory work. It has suprised me that they enjoy it so much that they don't talk and actually do their work. I have seen quite the improvement in the amount of work they are turning in. On the rare occasion that they do get out of hand I give them 2 warnings to get their talking under control and then they lose their music. I haven't had to turn off the music yet. There is a great web site that lets you program what kind of music you want to hear. It is, you just request a group or a title of a song and it puts together an entire radio station that plays only that type of music. ONe of my classes favorite "stations" is Metro Station. This is music that the kids like to hear and the words are appropriate. If ever a song comes on that I don't deem appropriate I can block it from playing. I hope this helps!

Gerald Cagle said...

I have the same problem with my after lunch class. I have made up three different seating arrangements this year. Finally I started giving them some extra work when they were so chatty and rewarding them with three minutes to talk at the end of the period while they packed up the books and computers. Also, now if I have one talking too much, I move them to the back of the room and make them sit at a table with me. However, the one thing that I find the most helpful is taking control of the class as soon as the students walk in. I know that we were taught to take control early this summer. Maybe I should try music as jayna has done.