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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 Teaching Practices

I would have to say that I have more interesting lessons this semester. There are so many of the activities that we've done, that I can't find the time to implement them all in my classes. I have been able to keep students more engaged by differentiating lessons for different learners, including activities in lectures and walking around the room when giving lessons.

I still need to keep working on time management. I spend way too much of my time (planning periods) fixing technical problems or simply trying to improve my production system. I should focus more on teaching my lessons and less on the technical issues. This is a problem when it comes time to give lessons and I rush through them to get back into fixing problems. I plan on using a pacing guide from now on.


Ken Blackwell said...

I find myself adjusting all day. But I feel this helps, Im sure your delivery is better, and you compensate for issues. My lessons by the end of the day are much better and easier than the first. You care so you adjust. My last period flows, they are ahead of all the others, and I actually wind down where other teachers are consumed. Do what your doing, and you will get better.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Amy - I had the same problem initially in that I spent so much time preparing material, supplies, projects, etc., for the lab, but it does get better over time.

If your curriculum allows some flexibility, try to establish fewer but longer lab-based activities for the next year or two, maybe aimed at more basic skills or projects, then add more as your time frees up with experience.

Upward Bound said...

I am with you on the time mamagement issue. Part of my problem is that I am trying to develop files of the actvities I am doing so that I can just pull and use them next year. Most days I am at school at least 6p. I still have not tackled the supply closet in my room. Unfortunatey there have been a number of times when I want to use something and it is missing parts or inoperable. My plan is to use the last day of school before winter break to inventory and check all equipment. At least this way I will know what I really have to work with next semester. I look forward to the break because it gives me a chance to get back into the race again with a fresh tank of gas and an upgraded engine!