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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, August 27, 2011

The Start of School

It was nice to get back in the classroom. After summer break was spent learning tons of new stuff, it was nice to get back in front of students and start trying out the new teaching strategies we all diligently worked on.

The part that was positively different for me was just my overall approach and organization. In teaching, I've learned that the course will either run you or you will run the course. NTI helped me inch closer and closer to becoming what I want to be, and that's a 'Master' of my classroom environment.

I know that's a career long pursuit, but there's notable positive steps that have taken place this summer and my organization, overall planning, and execution in the classroom is at another level as I've entered this year. I've still got plenty of room to grow, but with a plan going into each day detailed out to the minute the kids are forced to be engaged and much more efficient in order to keep up. It's much more challenging out in the construction building from a time management standpoint, and as my students get more used to how things work they will most assuredly see the positive benefit of the course's overall organization and new found direction.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

Craig I totally agree! Since i don't have a planning period it's hard on me to keep on top sometimes. With NTI training I find all the small things that I thought were big last year seem easy now. My organization skills are way better now. I know that you are probably doing the same things as I am such as trying to teach the material more. Doing lab work is great and I really think labs are super important, but without better book knowledge the students arent't as competent as they should be. If I ask my students now to get me a piece of 1/2" OSB they don't look at me like they are lost now! It's a great feeling. Also I can ask them the width of a 2x8 piece of lumber and they can tell me! Good Stuff huh!!!