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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?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The perfect number 7 & a square. What do these 2 share?

This has been an amazing week filled with what I have come to respect as the "standard" challenges associated education. I must admit, I thought that a lesson plan was a solid structure that would sustain time, as well as the trials and struggles associated with the work week. I am learning to respect flexibility and the durability of change. This past week in my school system consisted of four days, secondary to the flood of 2009. The various grade levels have missed portions of classes because of outdoor excursions. I have also noticed that when those students return to class, they appear exhausted and distracted. I have experienced a challenge maintaining the student focus in a classroom of 33 students. I was in the process of changing the class delivery method in my largest class when there appeared an angel at the door. She announced that she was part of the counseling staff at the high school and was here to "level" the class to the state required maximum. During her visit, she asked for volunteers. I experienced mixed emotions as the students made decisions on which way to go. I must admit that I felt a wave of relief for those students that volunteered to leave the class because the subject matter was more difficult than anticipated. I also felt a comfort as I heard several student state "this is my favorite class and I'm not leaving". So, what does the perfect number 7 have in common with a square? I can now place all of the students into 7 perfect groups of 4. We have spent a significant amount of time defining group function and I have witnessed great group activity in smaller classes. I am very excited about this renewed opportunity and I am anxious to see how this will work in this class next week.

1 comment:

Courtney said...

i understand what you are going threw this week. I have had a large number of kids this week that have been out sick. So one day this week i just changed my lesson for that day to just Q&A. That went very well because it went on for two days. Students were given a sticky note and was told to ask any question that they had. I told the students to ask becasue it may sound stupid but they need to no the answer for safety reason.