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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, December 7, 2008

1st semester reflection

Wow! I can't believe the first semester is over already! As I look back on it, I think that the thing that I did a really good job of is building a good repor with my students. For the most part, I feel that I have established a respectful relationship with them and it helps with the overall operation of my classes. Other than my sixth period class who thinks the day ends after fifth, I really have some eager students. I think I have developed a comfortable environment for them and also for me.

Reflecting on what I need to work on, I can think of more than one thing as there is always room for improvement. At the top of my list would be sticking to my lesson plans and not deviating from them. Personality wise, I am a very "go with the flow" type of person. There are some days when I get to work and read my lesson plan for the day that I decide that is not what I want to do, so I change it up, causing more work for me. I stick to the same topic, I just change activities. Second on my list would be doing a better job following through with grading work that the students are supposed to do in their notebooks (bell work, daily work, etc.). I need to do a better job of showing students my expectations for them as far as independant work is concerned. I could go on, but I will stop there! It really has been a good first half so with all things considered!


Keio said...

I am with you 100% but for the most part when the changes are made they are for the best. I've done that several times but notice with the change in activity the students were more receptive and really enjoyed class. So sometimes they could be a good thing,eventhough you may have to work a little harder.

ITechman said...

I used to deviate from my lesson plan also. Like you, time became an issue. So now I basically try and think the lesson plans all the way through so that I don't miss a something that will really require me to change what I am doing for that class period. As far as improvements go, its a good thing that YOU can actually see that you need to improve. I know of several teachers who complains about the students when it is really they who is at fault about some of the problems they are having. It's good to be humble.