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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


THis is an easy one for me. The area that I have improved on the most this semester is definately my classroom management. This time last year I had written up more students than I can remember. I have not written up one single student this year. I have been given the tools I needed to handle situations before they get out of control (proactive discipline!) I feel that because of these new tools, my whole teaching style has become so much more effective. I really feel that my students are enjoying my class more and getting so much more out of it. I am enjoying it more also!

Now as for what I need to work on...Number one, my set inductions need some serious work. Yesterdays class really helped in this area. Also, I feel that I am really in that slump of I need some time off. I am hoping that my creative juices start flowing again after the holidays. One area that I need serious help in is remembering my students names. I am terrible at this. I still don't know half of their names. This really embarasses me. I always appologize and remind them that this is an area that I am weak in. But, I feel really bad about not knowing their names. Believe me I have read books and tried different strategies as this has been a life long problem. NOt the best problem to have when you are a teacher/hairstylist! :(


Lori said...

Hi. I agree with you that NTI has helped with classroom management. I enjoy doing set inductions. I think that the key to being successful is to keep it simple and short. When you are planning your lesson....see if there is a key word in your material that could spark an idea. I have used short skits, youtube, songs, relics or anything to grab their attention. But again, something short and simple will work and technology can do the work for you. Good Luck !

Ken Blackwell said...

I too have problems with names. Seating charts helped me alot. I have them handy in a folder I carry constantly, and also have it stored on the computer at school. Early on I would walk by and open the folder I carry and you could hear a pin drop. Someone must have write-up sheets stored in one. It was almost laughable.