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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

Fall Semester Reflection

The aspect of my teaching practice that has improved the most is my preparedness, which is attributed to my learning experience at NTI this past summer. I am able to begin each week with a prepared lesson plan, that includes bell ringers as well as the learning activity for the day. And because I teach one class in particular three times, by the third class it becomes a breeze. Last year on many mornings, I would have this mad dash into the classroom to try to come up with an objective, bell ringer and lesson plan that made since. This semester is so much better that I am really looking forward to next year.
I need to keeping working on and mastering my lab managment skills. I was strong in the beginning of the semester but have struggled a bit in the last month. A part of that has to do with being more mindful of the clock and where we are in the learning activity. Sometimes I lose track of the time, the bell catches me and I find myself trying to clean and prepare for the next class coming in by myself. I also would like to continue to grow in the area of student assessments. I will work on simplifying my rubrics so that the students better understand how they are being graded. I am looking forward to the spring semester and the what it has to offer mysrlf anf my students.

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