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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?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Something new

Classroom management is not new but it is IMPROVED ! I've never had problems with this area however my classroom is very organized. I implemented the 3 fingers rule, so when they have to use the restroom they raise three fingers. I find that it is less distracting for me or a speaker. I nod and they get up and use the restroom (it's in my room). I also will not dismiss my class unless all paper is picked up and chairs are pushed in when the bell rings. This saves me time between classes so I can greet my students at the door :)
I am having my first meeting with my classroom mgrs this Friday. I will have cupcakes or something and discuss some great new ideas that will make the class more challenging with fun!
I want them to be involved in their education and the development of future activites. I am so excited this year!


Tiff said...

I think the 3 finger idea is great. Not being in the Summer NTI course, I am not familiar with this. I too have a restroom within my lab. I think this is a great way to keep students engaged without disruption from peers needing restroom breaks. I may try this out myself. Thanks.

DH said...

The 3 finger rule is great. I was trying ot figure a way to keep bathroom traffic low. I have a bathroom as well in my classroom.The week started with at least 6 students lined up in the back of my room waiting for the restroom.I quickly tackled that situation because with 40 plus students for the week, organization was a must. Once it was established that every student had to be seated when that bell rang and no one was to touch my bathroom door until after the first 10 minutes of class, but then they lined up at my desk asking to go after those 10 mins were up. The 3 finger rule should take care of that. Thanks Larhonda!

Melanie said...

They say classroom management is half the battle, and it's certainly a losing one without any strategies like the ones we learned during NTI. I was constantly frustrated when student would ask me five thousand times "what are we supposed to doing?". Despite written instructions and respecting my auditory students by reading the directions aloud, the problem still persisted. However this year, simply asking one or two students to repeat the directions has saved me a whole lot of energy.