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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?

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Teaching Reflection

My hope is that I am developing as a master teacher, although not quite there yet, I have made great strides in that direction. The last two weeks have been interesting, and as a matter of fact did include a couple of things that greatly boosted my confidence. The first was an unexpected visit to my classroom from some Dekalb county officials regarding my move to cross keys. After a short discussion related to the move, one of the gentleman commended me on the fact that my students were on task and that it was one of the few classes he had visited that day where he felt learning was taking place as it should. He apparently also made comments to the principal about my classroom which she shared with me the following day. The second was a project set up by the work based learning coordinator to market our programs. Students from the surrounding area were invited to attend our classes and be given presentations by our students. In the midst of preparing for clinical rotations, HOSA competitions and Nursing Assistant certification, I was to prepare my students to teach the students attending our classroom. I discussed this with my students and we agreed collectively that they would continue learning their skills for clinical but would allow the visiting students opportunity to perform skills after they were demonstrated. We were told that we would have approximately 10 students at a time and the students would rotate to other classes every 90 minutes: However, at one point there were 45 students (including my students) in my class at one time and somehow it worked out. My students were on point, one partnership kept a group of 6 students busy at the sink demonstrating techniques for cleaning dentures, while others demonstrated oral care on each other and shaving on mannequins. It was amazing to watch my students do this so efficiently. To be able to adapt to this unexpected situation in this manner was surely a milestone for me.


ITechman said...

I probably need to come and see what you do. To keep 45 students and say it works out is an oxymoron. But, you must really be on your way to being a master teacher if you can achieve this. I'm not sure what cross keys is although it seems to have helped boost your confidence.

ConnieB said...

Delores, awesome! I would also love to come and see how you run your classroom. How you keep students busy for such extended periods of time and how you do your transitions. I know that you have the samw students for a large chunk of the day but only for a 9 week period. The intensity of it must create an atmosphere of "make it work", and you get to know your students really well. They must also stay on task pretty well. There is no room for wasting time. I am going to block next year and it overwhelms me to think about the pace that I will need to go. I need to get some tips from this "master teacher" :-).