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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?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Staying out of the RUT!

I hate to admit it, but I have been in several "ruts" in my first semester. The first rut seemed to be that I couldn't keep up with my emails that I had no idea would be so numerous. I had no sit down time during class and still find it hard to do things while the students are at work. I then learned how important the warmup is at the beginning of class and I use the board to post the daily assignment so the students can start on their own while I mainly handle tardies and emails and attendance. Another rut I get into is not planning ahead, and things pile up leaving me to make decisions on the fly. The variety of actions I've used to help me so far have been to realize that the first year offers no or little free-time and just suck it up. Also, I've learned that my lessons don't last as long as I planned, so I now think of multiple lessons for students who complete their work early, like bonus points. Even when I plan ahead, things don't go as planned due to materials, student behavior, time to get materials. I just keep finding ways to keep students busy and keep my job. I know there will be more ruts in the future, but the ones I've gotten into, I've somehow managed to get out...

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