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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

Reflection on Fall Semester

My biggest teaching improvement during this past semester would be classroom management. I have been better prepared for every class this semester. Last semester, I would be looking for extra things for my students to do in concluding the class time. Sometimes, I would be fifteen to twenty minutes short before the end of class time. It was difficult for me to get the classroom time down to a specific time allotment. This semester has been totally different. I now have good lesson plans that fit the time allotted for the class. When I finish ten to fifteen minutes early, I have several student activities I use until the class is over. Therefore, one important learning subject that was worthwhile and useful for me was the lesson plans.

The aspect I need to keep working on is developing new lesson plans for a different course level that I will be teaching during the spring semester. During the fall semester, I had three levels to teach, levels I, II, III. During the spring semester, I will teach level I, II, IV. Level IV is a course that will require much research to make it fun and interesting. I will have to come up with enough lesson plans to cover the entire course. I know with the knowledge I have learned from N.T.I., I will be able to meet the challenge regarding these lesson plans.


Ken Blackwell said...

I feel for you, four levels! That is a lot of lessons to plan. I will be building each year. I guess that makes up for starting a new program and implementing it. I spend hours on one, I guess I will have to get faster or learn to go without sleep. I am so glad the rest is going well for you. I wish we could all see each other in action. We do observations twice a month and it really helps. Everyone has a different style.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Mark - great post. Having observed your classes I can attest that they are engaged bell to bell.

I have no doubt your next challenge will be well met. Looking forward to hearing all about it as I know you are excited to be creating something new for your students.