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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?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Progressing in Development as a Master Teacher

As the year progresses my classroom has been flowing better. The students are familiar with my routine, and rules. The lessons delivery is much better, requiring less effort. My classes are ending now without feeling drained. Lesson planning is easier also. I used to work for hours each night rethinking what was already planned. This rubric class will be my most helpful at this point. My rubrics were generic, and lacking. My students know this and sometimes take advantage. I cannot deduct points if not clearly stating my objectives, the fault is mine. However this will be corrected soon. My expectations for my classes are being met, and I have some time left for the family now. I am already looking foward to next year. My lab is all but set-up, and this summer I will be out in force straining my friendships for materials for the lab next year. Planning ahead is the key to a sucessful day in our work. I love leading up to a great lab the students will enjoy, these are very fulfilling.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Ken - very well said. I know you are excited about finally being able to utilize your lab more, and I like your 'straining my friendships' remark. Strain your community businesses as well - they are all too happy to help but many times do not know how, so ask for lab items often and you will soon be overflowing with materials.

Mark said...

I couldn’t have said it any better. I am referring to the matter of being prepared. I relate with you in calling on friends such as experts or previous co-workers. I call on law enforcement friends either to give a lecture or do things for my law enforcement class. The officers I had worked with are very good about calling me and volunteering to help my class. I am truly fortunate to have worked with such people. They care as I do. You inspired a good response from me. Great job both in and out of the classroom.