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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?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What I have learned from my students

I have learned a number of things from my students this week and this past year. For one, they are caring, creative, and innovative beings. If given the opportunity to properly channel their energy and learning style they are quite productive. Various activities learned through NTI have helped me with this task. Students’ level of production drastically increases when given oral and written guidelines to perform tasks. Students work well in groups as long as activity objectives are clear, each person has a task and accountability of the finished product is distributed to all in the group. My students also do better when given defined resources to use and shown examples of what their finished products should look like. Even though I struggle sometimes with setting too many parameters, I find that it is best to have them in place. My students tend to feel more secure that their work is submitted with all components in place if they see a visual of one that is completed. At times, I have students who want to go outside “the box” on their projects. I have come to be open to their suggestions as long as they are appropriate for the learning topic.

Aside from daily learning activities, I realize that students need to be needed. They take ownership in the class not just by the work and projects they produce. They also partake in managing it, maintaining its cleanliness organizing materials used and recognizing fellow students as members of a class family. It is great to see the enthusiasm now exhibited by my students when it is time to clean up. Students even help one another in areas that they did not work in. They also like to share things special to them such as extra curricula activity invites and special days. We take time to remember birthdays by singing, passing around happy birthday bookmark cards signed by the class and teacher and being especially nice to that person for the class period.

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