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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?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Replacement

I think if I had a replacement and I could not be there to get them used to this new classroom setting, I would list these gems of advice.

1. Take control of your class early on with discipline, structure, and rules.
2. Be VERY consistent. It makes their life easier and YOUR life easier.
3. Give them EVERYTHING in writing and have them sign for everything. You will appreciate this later.
4. Plan to teach them bell to bell, but know that sometimes you may run out of steam. Have a backup for those times when your brain turns to mush.
5. Know that not everyone will share the same passion for video as you. Think of this as just opening their eyes to video. Some students will run with this, and some will run FROM it. Take neither personally.
6. Do NOT agree to do any extra work no matter how many times other instructors will tell you that everyone will benefit. Stay focused on your program and establish your program.
7. Get key parents involved early on and contact them monthly on the progress of their child and the progress of your program.
8. Always keep your program moving forward and embrace new technologies.
9. Charge a lab fee for incidentals.
10. Challenge the students each and every day.
11. Show them your work and explain how YOU learned video production.
12. Take time for yourself during the day to get out of the studio and just walk around. There's more to teaching than teaching. Learn the culture of the school and embrace it, or not!
13. Plan that sometimes your lesson will bomb. Admit it, move on, and do not look back.
14. Implement a way to keep track of all the equipment and check it daily. Things walk in school!
15. Encourage students.
16. Take time to sit with a student and teach them if they are open.
17. Take those students that get it and work with those students to set an example for the others.
18. Do not settle for mediocrity in their work. Criticize them when they do poorly. Praise them when they do well.
19. Run the studio like you own it.
20. Lead by example!


Dr. J said...

This is an excellent list. YOu put a lot of thought into it. Thank you for doing more than giving the just one piece of advice. I will share this with new students this summer!
Dr. J

Angie said...

Whew Tracy. You are a hard act to follow. I am embarrassed to post after your blog. You did an excellent job. The teacher that happens to take over your classroom would have a wonderful outline to carry on. That teacher should not have any problems in the classroom by following your thorough guidelines!