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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?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Avoiding The Rut

Establishing yourself as a new teacher isn't the easiest thing to do.  Making sure that you do the little things to put yourself in a position to be successful is essential.  There's also the gaining of acceptance by both students and colleagues alike.  It's a mellow-drama and soap opera all rolled up into one!  But once an individual gains a certain comfort level, they tend to stick with what they are comfortable doing.   And it is because they tend to stick with those things that are comfortable, people seem to feel they are in a rut.

Being the new kid, at least for me, truly has not been a picnic.  And I have found myself "spinning wheels" at times.  However, I try to use a variety of tactics to break that monotany---- for me, and for them.  First of all, I try make things interesting.  I use current events, games, hypothetical situations and "what concerns do you have"  type days to ignite a change.  I also use groups and role-play to add a spark.  Unfortunately, these days it doesn't matter what you try to do, it seems that you always run into a kid in every class that just DON'T:  don't read, don't speak in front of others, don't act, don't try and most of all don't care!  To me that draws frustration and causes me to want to shut down as well.

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