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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

Penny: Reflections

Most improved...
I have improved in my classroom managment skills. My room is more efficient and I have had less problems because of how I have approached my management. Involving the kids in running the classroom has been one of the best strategies I have learned from NTI. I have also improved in effective lessons. I realized how important time is in the classroom and how to plan proper lessons to not have dead time...and that an active student is much better than a bored student!

To work on...
I still need to work on my organization. I want to get my semester all planned out from start to finish...every day complete....but after 2 1/2 years I'm still not there. Maybe this summer...I remember hearing that teachers never really feel like they have a tight grip on everything until after their third year. Its true!!! Next thing to do would be to think of bigger and better projects for my kids to do!

1 comment:

paulette said...

I agree with you Penny that having the students involved in running the class decreases behavioral problems and also increases efficiency in the classroom. Really like your statement about an active student is better than a bored true. I do have times where I will misjudge how long an activity will take and end up with extra minutes at the end of class. Need to have a couple of fillers on hand to keep the dead time down. I also have heard about the 3rd year and how things get better and start to fall into place. I am looking forward to incorporating more projects in the curriculum next year. After learning about them this semester they seem like such a good tool for the students to learn difficult concepts and teamwork.