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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, March 2, 2009

Becoming a Master Teacher

I apologize that I missed yesterday's due date for this post. I lost power at my house at about noon yesterday and am just now getting it back. We had some power lines fall down the road from us and catch on fire due to the storm.

One of the biggest improvements that I think I have made when comparing this year to last year (before NTI) is giving students guidelines for assignments that are much more clear. I am using various forms of rubrics to explain to students my expectations on various assignments and they have really responded to it so much better. Last year, I would give a rubric for a project, but I do not think I truly understood the concept of creating a good rubric. Even after I gave students the rubric I still got many questions that I would not have gotten had I been more clear of my expectations. I started a project in my classes just last week and upon going over the rubric and guidelines with my classes, I could tell simply by their responses to the assignment that I had given them a clear understanding of what I expected of them. They really seemed to enjoy getting a project in which they understood the direction in which they needed to go.

Another thing that has truly helped me be more successful when assigning projects is giving specific deadlines throughout the project to insure that students are on task to finish it by the scheduled due date. Last year, which was my first year teaching, I would give projects with only one due date and that date was when I expected the completed project to be done. Well, I developed a bad taste for projects because I had students that wasted time and had nothing when the due date arrived. I have learned that just by holding them accountable throughout leads to much better results.

It is truly amazing to see how implenting "little tricks" can improve classroom operation so much!

1 comment:

Keio said...

Sorry to hear that about your power. Hopefully you are keeping warm. I am sure what happened but I completed my post on Saturday from work but I don't see it so I will post again and hope I get points.

Keep up the good work and I am sure you will soon become a MASTER TEACHER!!! Good luck and rest up.