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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, November 24, 2010

Don't let the rut become a ditch!!

I am in my third year of teaching and I am here to tell you that it is VERY easy to do the same thing day in and day out. It is easier for me to take items out of my folder that I have already done or to work out of the workbooks than to try and find something "new" for the students to complete. It is especially hard for those of us without a lab!! I have had to try and be creative or work around other's schedules to do something more hands on. I also have had a hard time finding something new for the students to do that are third level and need to be challenged more or need a new worksheet that they haven't seen before. So far, this is what has worked for me: GOOGLE!!! You can google anything, and if you have time, look through pages of ideas and activities. We have heard Dr. B say it before: "Why recreate the wheel!!" Borrow, change, and make it your own. So far, this has worked for me. I have several activities now in my "folders" to choose from. It depends on your class.... some classes learn better with hands on materials and some may do just fine with the 'book way'. Don't let your wheels turn in the same little rut and make it into a ditch!! ;)


sandra said...
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sandra said...

Hi Becky,
I too am in my third year of teaching. I find myself often getting in a rut. I think I spend too much time trying to reinvent lessons and activities for my students. I am glad to hear I am not the only one that sometimes get into a rut. I also understand the importance of reaching out to other teachers and asking for help too when I feel I am getting in a rut. I do try googling as you suggest and I run across some activities that I can use. I may be contacting you to see which activities you are using to help add on to what I have found. Thanks