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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?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank You

During the first several weeks of my teaching days I asked several people "how do you write a lesson plan?". I got many different answers, none of which really fit our curriculum. So, thank you NTI for giving me a simple, usable format that works for me.
The other really important thing that I have learned is classroom management techniques. I was under the misconception that every student who walked into my room would be hanging on my every word, waiting for the next amazing bit of knowledge they would encounter- WRONG- You have given me a great variety of management and behavior techniques to choose from so that most scenarios are covered. I do have the great fortune to work with a few people who have finished NTI,and show me on a daily basis that your techniques work .


Dr. M said...

Hi, Emily - that every student does not eagerly await our every lesson is probably the rudest lesson they teach us upon entering the classroom, and one that takes some getting used to. Glad to hear you have found useful strategies to nudge them in the right direction. Thanks for sharing.

Ginger said...


I thought that each student would be so excited too. I thought that every student would want to learn about cooking but I forgot how much there is to learn. I remember being close to their age and never studying for quizzes or tests. It is not that I did not care but was so unaware of the consequences. I just wanted to cook and eat but did not realize that I had to learn how to cook first. I think it is great that we have learned how to teach to different types of students.

The lab management plan is a life saver. It is teaching our students responsibility and management skills. I see many of my students beginning to understand what the real world is like and they think it is not fair. They are right that it is not fair but we are teaching them the skills to put them at the top so that they will succeed.

Tonya said...

Emily, I couldn't help but chuckle when I read your post! I totally understand what you mean about expecting that your students would want to hand on your every word. I thought the same thing. Boy, was I wrong!! I can remember when I worked in pre-op and first started thinking about a career in teaching. I thought that since my patients were all so very interested in what I had to say, then surely my students would be too!! HA! It does take some getting used to, that's for sure. I really had a hard time not taking it personally at first, but now I know that it is just part of it!!!