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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, April 11, 2009

Open Mic, John Dallas

Hello everyone, I have to say after NTI there are so many things that are important as a teacher it's really hard to find a spot to start. I do feel that good communication with your counselors is a must especially now that we all have found a new respect for them after doing the research. I have found myself talking more to the two that we have and really getting a lot of good useful information. They really have a good grasp of all things going on in the school, and know about all the programs and classes. Also they have a good knowledge of what is working and not working for other teachers and classes, and may offer some wonderful ideas and suggestions for things that may help with classes and or certain students. That line of communication is very important and it is certainly a resource I will continue to use regularly.
I have also tried to establish a better relationship with my parents. I know this can sometimes be a real hard thing to accomplish sometimes but going that extra mile will surely pay off when it comes to problems or issues. Keeping a good repore with parents is a must. I was for a while not comfortable with talking to some parents, until I started calling and putting forth an extra effort to let them know the status of their child. I quit trying to sugar coat things and started laying it on the line letting them know the goods and bads. I feel I have gotten more respect that way and as bad as it hurts sometimes to hear your child is not doing well, it has to be said. But that also needs to come with a follow up of these are the steps we are taking to help your child and what can you do at home to help us help you.

1 comment:

delores said...

John, I share many of your comments especially when it comes to working with parents. I agree it is of utmost importance and it does entail going the extra mile because in busy programs like ours it is not easy to find the time.I loved your willingness to lay it on the line and the fact that you have a follow up plan after you have done so. Great job!