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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, September 19, 2009

Post 1

The first six weeks of school have been a challenge. As I mentioned to some of you, I am without the aid of my team teacher. For those of you who are not familiar with team teaching, it works like this: two teachers occupy the same classroom and help one another in all aspects of instruction. In team teaching, you have two teachers with two separate rosters, which means classes can be larger. One of my classes has 42 children in it. Luckily, I have a WONDERFUL substitute. But, the substitute has no experience in broadcasting or video production, which leaves me teaching all four periods of the day. Not only am I teaching all day, I have to grade and record the grades of two teachers (my sub does some grading, but some assignments need a level of experience in the field in order to be graded fairly). Beyond the universal teacher's problem of too much to do, and not enough time to do it, my year is off to a great start. NTI has definitely helped. My goal at the beginning of NTI was to get more organized, and I have. With lesson plans done, I can focus on teaching and putting my energy into the day-to-day operation of my classroom, as opposed to worrying what I'll do next. I am making it my goal this year to improve the quality of my student's broadcasts and get more involved with my CTSO, Skills USA. Also, I'm trying to get better at paperwork which seems to be a constant struggle for "creative" types. So far, my goals for the year have not been overshadowed by the challenges at hand. Now that the groundwork has been laid, all I have to do now is keep my head down, and get the work done.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Bruce - now that is a tough schedule. Be reasonable in your approach to your students and program during this time and remember that you may not be able to do all you want without your team teacher. Be careful not to burn out trying to do everything. Having said that, I like the attitude coming through in your post as you describe your ambitious goals - good for you!