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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?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December 1-8 Question of the Week

I feel like I have improved in the area of engaging my students in the classroom and lab more this semester than ever before. I think learning, experimenting with, and implementing different teaching strategies have made a positive change in my students' desires to learn. This is very encouraging. I feel like I still need to improve on classroom and lab management. I always seem to have a few students that just won't stay on task no matter what. This causes great distraction and interference with the other students' learning and ability to focus and to stay engaged.


Mark said...

What you express in your post is very true. I feel this semester is one of the best I have had out of the past five. I can only measure the success of the class by the comments of the students. I have received nothing but good comments from the majority of my students. There are always a few students that will be totally negative about the class no matter what you do. I have learned to stay with the positive comments and do not dwell on the negative ones. It is a fact that no matter how well you are prepared something will go wrong. (Murphy’s Law) The students that are never on task will always be a challenge for teachers that care.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Leonard - Mark had a great response to your post and I agree, although you should be doing private and parent conferences, behavior contracts, counselor interventions/schedule changes, and hands-on behavior management for those off-task students. Many times they are bored so make sure they have plenty to do and, as we have discussed in NTI, they may respond well to leadership roles.

Vincent said...

I agree with you I have threaten to call kids parents who want stay on task sometimes it works some times it's a failure. I don't like to show up students in class, But I called a student parent during class from our class phone. Whatever the student heard from that phone call was life changing I have no problems keeping her on task now. Sometimes they need to know a parent phone call can be a class period away.