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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?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Teaching Technique

I am seeing a huge difference in my classes. I am using most of the techniques gained through NTI. I feel that the consistancy of format has calmed the classes. The students know what to expect and appreciate that. I have mastered keeping a rythm in my classes. The rythm changes on a daily basis, some days may be at a faster pace than others. However, I believe that is what keeps the students enthusiastic.
I am now handling disruption and chaos with an ease. I realize I can not change the school's schedule of events. For example, a fire drill at the end of a class period. I can only do my best to close up the lab and proceed to designated spot. I have learned to roll with the puches a little more gracefully.
I can only hope with each passing year that I am able to master a little more. I can see a huge difference from the first semester teaching till now.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Aimee - very insightful post, especially about format consistency, change of pace, and calmness - sounds like master teacher traits to me - keep it up!

RS said...

Hello Aimee,

NTI is a wonderful aide to help us on our journey to becoming a Master Teach, a title and goal I can only wish and pray for. I too, feel that the program has helped me tremendously on my classroom technique. You mentioned the "fire drill" interuption. I understand well where you are coming from for it is hard to plan around those unplanned and unanticipaated interruptions. I feel like you will master that teaching technique you are striving for.


Dallas,J said...

I believe we have to take things one day at a time. The techniques we use today may be useless tomorrow. I agree we have learned so many good ways to handle different situations that given any circumstance we could reach into our new bag of tricks and pull out an ace to win the hand. Every day is going to be different and we will always continue to have to go and pull out another way to deal with new students and change when the students we have figure out what we are doing. But we will always have the upper hand if we just stick to the techniques that we have and not let the students use them on us.