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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 my Developpment as a Teacher

As a teacher I have noticed a difference in how effectively my class flows when my students feel comfortable with their performance. My first and third period classes are composed of upperclassmen that had me as their teacher in the past. Therefore they are familiar with rules, regulations and routines. My second period class is composed of all freshman students who are new to the field. Therefore, it takes careful planning of my lessons and a cautious approach. Unlike many of my freshman classes this particular class is different. Many of my students are in the class because they are looking for an easy A and the others are interested in the field. During a recent lesson we played a word game to prepare for a test. Most of the students were reluctant to participate because of uncertainty however; once the game continued others were more comfortable with participating. Many of my students are respectful and my classroom atmosphere is warm and inviting. In the past I was a little concerned about classroom management of the classes that had all grade levels however, I am experiencing the most joy out of those particular classes because it makes it easy to pair my experienced stylist with my beginner students. This is called buddy work and both students learn strength and weakness from one another. This also allows me as the instructor to become familiar with students strength and weaknesses.


Dr. M said...

Hi, An-netta - thanks for a very thoughtful post. Interesting how the reluctant students became more engaged - hopefully your class will convince some of those who wanted an easy grade that your programs' career path is the right one for them as well.

Linda G said...

Hi An-netta. I agree that with a newer class of freshmen it does take a more careful approach and detailed lesson planning. One of my classes was composed entirely of freshmen and they seemed to require more explanation and detail than the upper classmen did. We all learn from each other. I applaude your acceptance of mixed class levels. I taught one senior 3rd year in my Intro class.Her maturity level was definitely a positive asset in the classroom. She helped me many times with those students who were struggling. After awhile you do get to know the strengths of your students and use it to your advantage when you see weaknesses in others.