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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?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

NTI Strategies have been a life saver....

I have attempted several items from our NTI summer class; they include but are not limited to:

1. Placing my desk in the back of the room (a fellow math teacher also used this strategy, because of her class size) New computers were installed this week in the back of the room...still waiting for internet.

2. I’ve used Jig sawing and small groups to teach the class about the “procedures and guidelines for the class”

3. The students are selecting our initial classroom managers/supervisors. (Work in progress)

4. I’m also using the Parking lot. (work in progress)

5. When I close the class, we discuss information learned, what we're doing the next day and any deliverables for the next class (i.e. bathroom passes)

6. Thanks to one of my NTI classmates, I’m housing the student binders in the class (Work in progress)

7. Instead of being such a strict disciplinarian, I’ve allowed the students an opportunity to make choices and provided a little humor with it…(i.e. do you really want to spend Friday afternoon 3:30 to 4:00 pm in “teacher’s detention” for chewing gum?)

8. It is easy to continue; however, I've found handling papers is a challenge, so I'm using an "in-box" and students are placing items in their class bins...maybe I need more bins? (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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