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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

What an experience!

As you all know, this is my first year for teaching high school. What an eye opener! I am following in the foot steps of a teacher who did not attend NTI. (That's why there was an opening.) It has taken me the first 3 weeks of school to build relationships and begin to win the confidence of my students. Thank goodness for all those lesson plans. When I was overwhelmed and couldn't think straight, all I had to do was look in my plan book and think - "Oh , this is what I need to do." Thanks Ms. Chillis for that assignment.

Syllubus writing also came to the rescue. When asked to turn mine in, all I had to do was make some minor adjustments and send it on. One less thing to obsess over.

Implementing parts of our lab management plan is starting to make a difference in the organizaion of lab activites. As time goes on and the students get more acclimated to my methods, I'm hopeful our labs will smooth out even more.

Thanks to Dr. B., Dr. M. and Ms. C for all your instruction and advise.


Emily said...

Sounds like besides learning to teach high school students, you have had to unteach them. I really agree with you about the lesson plans. The intro classes especially, take alot of energy, and having that plan in place has given me the opportunity to focus energy on other areas. I was not exited when we were doing them, but they are worth it now.
Last year was an eye opener to me . Having been a school nurse for a long time I though I knew what teachers went through. Until you step in front of 28 adolescent faces, you have no idea. No one can make the situation perfect, but keeping an eye on the plan and the goal hopefully will give you the stamina to hang in there.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Chris - great post and thanks for sharing. Yes, your labs will smooth out as time goes by - remember not everything needs to be perfect the first time around. Breath deeply and take time for yourself regularly throughout the year. I know that you have a really challenging schedule so pace yourself!

Randi said...

Girl, I am so happy for you! I know you are doing a wonderful job! You have so much to offer those young minds.... even in the little time I have known you, you have taught me some things, Mrs. Perm Queen!! I too had to "unteach" some students. I am constantly hearing that's not how Mrs. P did it! The teacher I took her place had been there over 20 years and just retired. It was time for a change and most students are enjoying the change but some are having a hard time dealing with it. I can tell you have a knack for teaching and will do a wonderful job! I wish you the best of luck and remember if you need ANYTHING, I am just a phone call away.. talk to you soon!