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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, September 14, 2009

Different Start !!

Opening boxes, assembling cabinets, looking for chairs, desks-what no books were ordered? This is how my tear started last year. A new program, which no one in the building really knew anything about. They were all very supportive, but eduation ligo to a newbe was overwhelming to me. My course was never put into the registration booklet, so most students had to be placed in my room. Just breathe in and out. At least I would not have to call a code and resusitate anyone (taught my students that fast, as I was worried about myself!) Is a lesson plan like a nursing care plan??
Well program survived, students learned and wanted more. Not many goals were met, and many new ones were identified.
This year has started on a much smoother note, thanks in great part to NTI. Rules are in place the first day, syllabus written & ready to go. Classroom management plan in place. Now, this does not mean it all goes smoothly, but I least I know the way it should go, like having a road map to follow. I know to stand next to that unruly student , to expect that I can go off track for a teachable moment, and that being dramatic can really get a lesson off to a roaring start. I know there is a lot more to learn- but it's a better start. At least I am not worrying about calling the EMT's for me.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Emily - your post cracks me up! I love that you taught your students CPR so they could save you! Great to hear all that is behind you as you are now large and in charge. Thanks for sharing and keep after it - your students can surely see and appreciate the difference.

Chris J said...

Hi Emily-
Thanks for the advise. I am making progress creating relationships with my students. I have a student who told me in week 1, " I don't want to sign up for this class again." Just this week, she approached me and asked if I would speak to the counsler and give my permission for her to take the class next semester! I am still overwhelmed by the "other stuff" administration needs and expects from teachers. I just keep plugging along doing my best. See you in a couple of weeks.
Chris J.

Hal said...

Right on Emily. I was in the same boat last year, but throw in a brand new school on top of that. I remember day one last year, we were still under construction. I too had a lot of goals set for last year and found them slowly changing as the year progressed. I had no idea what a lesson play was, EQ, standards, or IEP's. Talk about overwhelming. I was extremely fortunate to have an administrative team that was supportive of what I wanted to develop, and lots of teachers who gave me so much support. Now that I have NTI's assistance I was far more prepared for "Doomsday" this year...the dreaded day 1. This year has gotten off to a pretty good start.