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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 21, 2009

Working Working Day and Night

You know, when you get into teaching, the things they always talk about are the long summers and Christmas breaks. They talk about how your day ends somewhere between 2:30 or 3pm. But they never tell you about the amount of time you will put in outside of the classroom. That took some adjustment. Staying up late on the weekends to grade papers or to work out lesson plans and set inductions (that last one was for you Dr. M). Trust me, the state will surely get their money out of you. So do the kids. I have found that if I do not have a lesson fully planned, I turn into a babysitter. I was not prepared for the amount of constant behavioral correction I would have to do. I have learned over the past few weeks that students have varied paces and some can finish a lesson before you get all of the words out of your mouth while others will still be working on something at the end of the semester. It is very tricky managing the two of them. I am starting to engage the students more and more. It allows me to buy time for my slower students without piling more work on other students. I know when I was a student, if I got more work for being good, I would simply be bad. I have a lot of good kids and I don't want them to feel punished. And lastly, I have to comment on the standing. My legs hurt so much the first two weeks. Its like I never sit. But that is getting better too.

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