Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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, November 15, 2010

"Teaching Rut"

As a new teacher, It is easy to get comfortable and repeat the same procedures over and over again. Sometimes, it is due to the overwhelming work loads and then other times it is just easier to stick with what you know. For me, I have found myself on both ends of the spectrum. It has been better this year as opposed to my first year because I have learned better ways to present and teach new information to my students. Now I understand why classroom management is such a valuable tool for teachers and how it allows for you to incorporate a variety of new ideas. When I find myself in those "rut" moments, I quickly attempt to change my pattern of teaching because I know that after a while it becomes counterproductive for both me and my students. I try to incorporate as many forms of technology as possible to get the students more engaged and active in the learning process. I have found that great set inductions are key to getting my students quickly engaged and ready for the lesson of the day and summarizing key points help to bring the lesson to a closure to assess student learning. Teaching is a challenge and a very hard job to master, but I feel that if I can continue to learn new ways of doing old things then I will not fall into those "ruts" as much.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Janet - very thoughtful post, especially on the value of quality set inductions and closure activities. Good for you (and for your students) for mixing things up!

Sabrina said...

Great post and very well said. I have not mastered the set inductions; however what I have thus far seems to help.