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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

My Challenge

My Challenge,I am having trouble with my warm-up assignment. The students have figured out this is graded as informal, and carries no weight. We have Infinate Campus and they can log on and check, they are very aware of the rules and know the system.
When the warm-ups fail, there are problems taking role. This then carries on to the classroom. Some projects bring the students back in, while others do not. The students talk between classes, and a project that went very well in the morning may do poorly in the afternoon.
I have changed seating arrangements, changed work groups, and followed the classroom management learned in the summer NTI course and these work well but only for a limited time.
I have been tracking students with learning dis-abilities and I am currently receiving more notifications, I am over 50% in all but one class.
This is not to put the blame anywhere as others seem to cope with like issues. Maybe the lack of a better (tool-box) is part of the problem, but lack of experience seems to be the likely candidate. (Help!!!!)


Christina Hinz said...

I was having this same problem. It has been hard for me to get students to complete their "bell ringer" assignment as soon as they come in to class. Many just sat there doing nothing while I completed attendance. So, when Jessie came for my first observation, I informed her about this problem and she suggested that I try making it in to a competition. So, I split each class in to two teams and assigned a captain to each team ( a trusted student). After the first five minutes of each class (it has to be tallied within this time), the captain walks around and sums up the number of students that completed the bell ringer for that day. They keep a running total for the entire week and at the end of the week, the team with the most bell ringers gets bonus points or a peice of candy. I have only had this implemented for one week, but it worked well and I plan to continue using it. Maybe you could try something like this? I hope this helps...let me know if you have any questions about it.

RS said...

I have a similar problem as you have stated and have just completed changing seating by rearranging the location of the desks and table. This strategy seemed useful last year. By arranging the desk in circles, chevron, U shape, staggered and other yet discovered arrangements, I can change the balance, center of the room and focus. But there are only so many times you can do that.

One of the things that I am doing now is the use of the power point games from NTI. It allows the students to interact and to show what they know. The problems start to arise after the new wears off.

What I am trying to do is develop a big inventory of useful strategies such as rearranging the room, power point games (i.e. jeopardy), reading assignments, brain teasers. It’s just like a pitcher on the mound, you have to throw a few change up pitches. Each day is a new day with new challenges and we have to be the one to present the challenges.

By using these change- up methods I am able to gain a few successes getting the class started. This is a learning curve for me and something that will need more refinement. I hope you might find something of use in this discussion.

RS from Alpharetta