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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, March 24, 2009

Important Things That I Have Learned

The most important thing that I have learned over time from teaching is how to be better organized. Sometimes we don't take the proper time to organize and this can cost us valueable time and takes away from instruction time. By being better organized enables me to handle and prevent distractions and class intruptions and stay on subject.

After teaching the same subject one becomes more adept and more efficient at presenting subject matter. I find that over time, I do more research and am able to add more interesting facts which makes the subject more interesting to the students. Also by knowing more about the subject that I'm teaching puts me more at ease and give me more confidence which I think rubs off on the students. I find now that it takes less preparation which enable me to devote more time to other matters such as how to keep my student involve in the lesson and how to make better presentations. I learned quite a bit from another teacher at our school who practices his delivery, and he is able to keep his students undivided attention. Without a student's attention, it is very difficult teach them anything.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Gerald - I would call this a money post, and take it right to the bank. I really like your partnering with a fellow teacher to continue improvement, and I'm sure he has learned from you as well. Keep after it!