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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?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Only one (or a few more) word(s) of advice

Well we all know I can be a bit long winded so my replacement would probably walk into an organized filing cabinet of advice but if I had to say just one thing, I would tell the replacement to be firm, fair, and friendly. I guess that is technically 3 things but they should all be rolled into one. You need to be firm or the kids will never respect you, you need to be fair or you will have to listen to unending complaints, and you need to be friendly because the kids need to see a smiling face every once and awhile.

I would also let my replacement know that there will be good days and bad days. I will get so frustrated one day but then will have the best day ever the next. It is like a roller coaster and you have to take the bad with the good.

Last word of advice (see I told you I would say more than one thing) is to keep it simple. Sometimes I try to do too much and the kids are just as happy with simple ways of doing things.


Scott said...

I agree with the good and the bad, but I think as time goes on there are more good and less bad..

Randi said...

I agree with this completely! I believe you have offered great advice. Sometimes students need someone to be firm with them to give them some guidence. We should always be fair with our class, and sometimes we are the only smiles our students see. You have given some wonderful advice!

Redding said...

I like your comments about keeping it simple. I have a tendency to add too much, then get bogged down in a lesson, then get behind on my planned schedule. Well defined, simple lessons always seem to work best. Keeping it simple also allows time for students to repeat work or share ideas.