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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, September 24, 2011


This weeks blog topic of what I would do differently could be really really really long if I listed everything that I'd want to try and perfect. Teaching construction is both challenging and rewarding, but the pursuit of being a great teacher is something I suspect will never have a finish line.

My classroom is much more organized this year than last. Part of that is of things I learned in my first year, but the summer's NTI session was extremely beneficial. However, organization of my classroom is not my #1 weakness, but rather I'm focused on finding more and more solutions to making learning construction fun and engaging for my students.

Therefore, if I had to change anything it would be to change my daily teaching approaches from simple short lectures and peer tutoring exercises to include a broader scope of instructional tools to both keep content presentation new and fresh, but also engaging and fun. The first 2 online classes have been key in my thought process about what new things I can inject into my teaching structure to challenge the kids and get them to process the necessary information.

This coming week I'll be armed with new ideas that I'll use to present the Unit Material with. I'm going to try Reading Groups, Drill Partners, and Focus Trios, which are 3 approaches I've not yet tried in my class. Hopefully they go well and are something we as a group can continue to use in an effort to make learning fun and productive at the same time.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

I aqree with you Craig when you say you want to use different teaching methods. I like to do different things to make class more interesting. I just can't seem to find enough time to create these different methods such as new powerpoint presentations. It seems like there is always a meeting, Skills USA activities, or a 504 meeting or something. due to the lack of a planning period makes it hard too. When i get home I work on school work and still can't seem to find the time to make nice project rubrics aqnd powerpoints. I do say though that I work pretty well under pressure and sometimes I get ideas at the last minute better that end up working well! Thank God! LOL