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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


The aspect that I am improving on is adapting my classroom teaching style and lesson plans to the student's strengths and weaknesses. I have learned that I can't do the smae stuff for every class and this has helped me out with classroom management as well. For example, my third period is very loud in general and very active, so I g ive them alot of activities where they move around alot and can discuss the material or lab activity. They get the work done, but they don't have to stay quiet while completing their tasks. My first period is very quiet and work better with worksheets or small group activities, so I try to keep their activities on a smaller scale. My fourth period is a mix, so I have learned to try to provide a medium level of action in their learning activities. I have found this flexiblilty works better for me and my students.

The one thing I need to improve upon for next semester is time management. I have let a few lessons last a day or more than they should have and have found myself a little pressed for time to cover some of the material here at the end of the semester. I have worked around this so far, but I don't want to be in the same position next semester, so I have looked back over my lesson plans and placed a reasonable, realistic time limit on each activity, based on what was really needed for the lesson this semester. I guess practice does make improvement-certainly not perfect, but better.


Ken Blackwell said...

I like your changing levels of activities. This sounds like a good resolve for the different mixes you have. I have similar situations in my classes and find myself doing totally different activities for all. This requires a lot of lesson planning and time. Perhaps adjusting a good lesson plan may be an answer.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Shellee - very interesting reading your post - sounds like a master teacher to me. Love your common sense solutions and your ability to be adaptive and flexible with your different classes - isn't teaching fun when you can change strategies to meet various needs?

Leonard said...

Sounds like you are doing a great job with your students and the challenges that you have faced. I am sure that you will successfully resolve the time management problem you're currently experiencing. I hope that I learn that adapting skill that you have developed. I really need that in my classes. Thank you for sharing.