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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?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Teaching

I think good teaching is being different from other teachers. Our students see 8 different teachers in the course of 2 days, and boredom is sometimes the result. I take it as a personal challenge to set my self apart from other teachers using as much creativity as I can to keep my students focused. I have seen a difference from last year to this year, where as last year I just tried to survive and this year I'm focusing on the mission at hand. I really feel all of us in Career Tech will have interesting philosophies on teaching considering our past work experiences. My field was extremely creative and allowed for so much artistic opportunity. That is why I try to bring my creative personality into the class. If I'm not being me in the classroom, then how can I expect the same from my students if I want them to reach our goals?


SELINA said...

I like you confidence in keep your teaching creatitivy separate and apart from the others teachers in your school . Creativity is the key to awaken the leaner.


GETZ said...

Encouraging your kids to be themselves in class makes things so refreshing. By the time the semester ends, most of my kids are sad to go because they've all gotten to know one another so well. This is mainly because they are allowed to express themselves (in reason) in class. I am glad you have identified this as being important in your classroom. It's refreshing to hear teachers talk about positive aspects of student personality and creativity instead of only recounting stories of bad behavior. Or, worse, complaining about furloughs, etc. The mission at hand, as you mentioned, is so important, not only to you but the kids as well. Keep them talking, let them be creative, listen to their ideas. These are things that don't often happen in math class. You are "Mr. Fun" for a reason...

Tameka Phelps said...

Your class sound really exciting... I will have to adopt your philosopy of setting your self apart from the other teachers. Often times it easy to get lost in the shuffle and your only mission is to survive but having read your post I will put more creativity into my teaching strategies. Thanks,