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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?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Reflections for Spring

Deciding where I have improved the most over the past semester is difficult. I feel that improvement has occurred in many areas of my teaching practice. Many of the lessons we have studied from classroom management, to learning about preferred modalities, teaching styles and methods as well as delivery systems are all interdependent. Better delivery that applies to all helps with classroom management and vice a versa.

I believe that my classroom management has improved the most. I am able to handle surprises from the students better as well as make adjustments in my teaching methodology and material when un-expected influences occur, whether it be student induced or a schedule change that may result from the home schools or other sources. There is still a lot of room for growth in this area.

I have noticed as the students grow and mature during the year that their attitudes change as well as their motivational needs change. Across the entire this change can be observed as well as how they interact. Sometimes it may seem like a mood change but there seems to be a greater change. They are growing and maturing and sometimes not in the directions we would like as their lives are influenced from many directions. Just as fish change their feeding habits when the weather changes and we must change our fishing techniques so do the students change as they mature and grow.

Overall I would like to review all of the material that we have covered so that I do not forget or lose any of the many tools and knowledge that we have learned. I have been able to use so much of what I have learned, often implementing in my next class after NTI. New Teacher Institute has provided me with many tools to become a better teacher.

RS in Alpharetta

1 comment:

Ken Blackwell said...

I am so happy about your results this semester. We have another semester to go, and my bet is this will be the best. We all will be better prepared the second semester and will benefit more from NTI.