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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?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fall Reflection

This is my second year teaching. During my first year, I divided up the semester into four parts. I assigned a bundle of assignments into one module, making four modules for the semester. These modules were full of work that each student would struggle to finish. As a new teacher, I felt that I needed to basically work my kids to death. I didn't know when or if anyone of authority would stop by for a visit. The teacher who was in my position before was "retired in place". The word on the street was she was constantly in the hot seat because of her lack of ability or desire to teach. So I took it to the opposite end and was a drill Sargent.

This year, I have relaxed a bit. Even though my program did increase in size after last year, I want to have a pleasant work environment in which my students can succeed. With the counsel of fellow teachers, I feel that I have lightened up a bit, but not enough to lose control of the class or the program. Since I've done this, I feel less stressed. I no longer feel like someone is over my shoulder critiquing every move I make.

I have settled into my position and will continue next semester to design lessons and projects which incorporate more fun into the class. I have moved from four project modules, to many smaller projects. Both the students and myself benefit from this strategy. We are not only working on computer based projects, we are up completing group activities and hands on learning. NTI has expanded my views and helped me to work with a variety of instructional strategies.

1 comment:

Ken Blackwell said...

I understand about the visits. We are not only a brand new school that opened a year early, but a pilot school. With this comes visits from everyone, county and state. There have been so many I sometimes will not notice for a few minutes. I used to stress as soon as they entered, and now I may not acknowledge them until after class. I like smaller projects to keep their interest. If a large one fails I will not be able to make up the time. I feel that if my student fails, I failed also. I love looping, and I love the results. Large projects scare me because I may loose the time to loop.