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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

Reflection 1st Semester

I never thought I would say this but the area with the most improvement has been classroom management. Posting the rules the first day and repeating them over and over and over has really taken care of some issues. Also, for the most part, I have managed incidences much differently than in the past. Now, every once in a while I forget and try to regress but not often. Lab Management has also improved somewhat but is still challenging in some instances. Space restraints require close proximity in some instances which lends itself to excessive talking and noise and sometimes control. However, I am working with rearranging for next semester to avoid this situation as much as possible.
The biggest culprit for me this semester has been time management. I have used many of the strategies that were taught in NTI which have often taken more time than allotted. Perhaps as I become more adjusted to the group activities and so forth, I will obtain more insight into the amount of time required. Overall it has been a great 1st Semester.


Brenda said...


You are right, time management was a close first for me also. I feel that I do well in planning and completing most tasks but with the numerous other responsibilities of preparing lesson plans and grading tests, tracking failing students, after school tutorials, attending meetings to name a few makes it really difficult to get it all done. And let's not forget HOSA, that's a different conversation for another day. Thru it all, think what it would have been like without the NTI classes. We can do this and enjoy it while we are doing it!

Ken Blackwell said...

I have the same problem. I struggle with the strategies and it takes far more time. But when they come together a few times maybe it will get easier. I did a new strategy for my observation this week and I could not have been more pleased, both in the results but also with the students.