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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?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Proud Moment

September 7, 2010

The power point was geared to go, the class is coming in and I felt pretty good about my preparation. As I begin talking about various insurance plans, there is a blank look in one of the student's eyes. With my NTI observation skills I noted this student mumbling to another student," do you have any idea what she is talking about?'. The other student comment was,"no". At that moment I am proud to say, I laughed at myself first and apologized to the class. The next couple of minutes was recovery and understanding that most adults do not understand insurance. In preparing I forgot my audience but from lessons learned this summer, the insurance class was saved. Also, the two students honesty help me to see my audience and not just my lesson plans.


Kristie said...

That is awesome Freda. I know I had a similiar experience when trying to explain color one day. That NTI notebook has come in handy quite alot with just learning to reflect back and say I know there is a better way.

Janet Mac said...

Freda, I think that many of us have had that "blank" look of confusion at some point, but your ability to read this before you completed the lesson was a very good assessment on your part. You handled the situation well and your ability to find humor was great. It is always good to constantly check the responses of your students when lecturing so that you can make those quick adjustments as needed.

Mike Z said...

I do the same thing from time to time. Your ability to keep looking at your students and being able to read how they are reacting is a great trait.