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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, August 23, 2010

New Techniques

1. After taking my class this summer, the first thing I implemented from my lessons was changing the entire seating arrangement of my class. previously, I had tables in an end to end fashion and had students sitting conference room style. I arranged my class in rows of tables due to space limitations.

I currently have over 30 students sitting in an area designed for about 20, so my administration is now looking into shifting some of my classes.

2. I implemented a bulletin board with my class rules on it.

3. I made sure I stood at my door to greet students.

4. I had mood music playing at the onset with an electronic billboard welcoming students.

5. I had a set induction (although we we just getting started) and closed out with what we will do tomorrow.

6. I have lesson plans for the week.

7. I have also stopped (almost entirely) being sarcastic.

8. I have already started developing my advisory committee.

9. I have used the "eye" approach to stopping a behavior.

All changes were instantly effective!!!

I am still very nervous about this year in maintaining control over my classes.


Sabrina said...

Hey Tracy, I am glad to hear about your first day. I assume your schedules were okay. Eschool plus is a beast, but I think I'll like it better than SaSi.
I can't believe that my lesson plans actually came in handy..WOW!

Have a great week!

Pamela said...

I think you'll do fine with managing your classroom. My classes are pretty full. I too, rearranged the classroom. The students have had a positive response to the new setup and my new attitude. It is very hard to stop the sarcasm. They also say that I have a smart mouth!