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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, December 7, 2009

Take a chill pill

With standards, lesson plans, assesments, differenciation, and a treasure chest of teaching methods, I often feel like I am on a merry go round, and actual teaching is a something I will never quite do well enough. Well my students have certainly let me know that the best teaching moments come when I least expect it, when I let my guard down alittle- forget all the techniques I have to adhere to- just listen & teach. Not that this can happen on a regular basis- planning & preparation certainly have a place of high honor- but sometimes you just need to listen to students and go with the flow. The seems to have gone better as I have gotten to know my students & listned to them !! Sometimes just take a chill pill-


Dwayne said...

There is a saying that pastors use that says "Prepare like it depends solely on you and preach as if it depends solely on God." I guess as a teacher we need to be prepared and organized to the point that we are prepared for whatever happens on our classroom. Then we can make adjustments as the students participate or don't. I guess another way to illustrate it would be a quarterback calling audibles at the line of scrimage. He has prepared all week for what the other team's defense will do against them and his coaches have prepared him all week and planned the plays that they will run. Even though the coach calls the play, the quarterback may change the play at the last minute based on his study of the other team as the game goes on.

Dr. M said...

Great post and comment and so on target. I really like the chill pill idea . . . sounds like you have been listening to your students as you're now talking like them . . .