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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 25, 2012

Set Induction

Set Induction-
This practice allows me to engage the students right away. Often times, they come into class wired and not focused, so it gives me the opportunity to grab their attention right away to begin focusing on the material that will be covered during that lecture.

First Day of School

After securring a position, I will implement the first day of school approach, by introducing myself and giving a brief background, making sure the students are in the correct classroom, going over the course syllabus, and interating the classroom rules.

Classroom Rules

This school year I implemented the new classroom rules and lab rules from NTI this summer. I presented the new rules by creating a PowerPoint and having examples to go along with each slide. These new rules have made my class rule smooth with no interruptions that takes away from instructional time

Classroom Manager

Very positive experience using classroom manager. The students settle in to the routine quickly and it allows more time to get the admin items out of the way. The school has implemented some new rules, so most of the week was spent getting all the legal items covered. I am looking forward to next week

Sign Outs!!

I will use a Sign Out sheet this year for any and ever item being used by a student.  This way the flat irons and nail polish will not be "mis-placed!"



I enjoyed the entire NTI experience; from greeting students at the beginning of class to implementing the lesson plan to class management and beyond. I especially enjoyed the classroom lecturing and demonstrations. This course covers all bases in classroom instruction, teaching methods and everything a new teacher needs to be successful.

Personnell Organization Chart

The first couple of weeks to school has been great. NTI offered many teaching tools that can be implemented in the classroom. One tool that will be useful for me is the Personel Organization Chart. This chart will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate leadership as well as organizational skills.

Students that has various positions tends to do it with pride and a sense of belonging to the Culinary Arts classroom. Having this organizational chart will assist the substitute teacher and administration as well in the event of my absence.

Homework Bin/ Set Induction

I have been in school for 3 weeks now and things are going well.  I have implemented the Homework Bin.  I have students to place all assignments in the bin before class starts.  I have also implemented the cartoon clips and video clips as my set inductions...I am still working out the kinks on those two.
But all in all I very pleased in the way things have started out.  I am glad that I decided to enroll in the Ga. State NTI program!

Thanks Dr. B and Dr. M


One the methods I used in my classroom was jigsaw teaching. I gave each student an engineer title instead of me standing in front of the classroom explaining 25 different engineer titles. Students were given an engineer and researched that type of engineer. After allotted time on the internet, the student presented their engineer to the class. I felt that having each student research and present an engineer they got much more out of the lesson because the student taught the lesson.


With this being my 1st school start, I wanted to put students in groups of 4. The 1st few days I observed them and let them know groups would be assigned. Although they are not happy, it seems they already appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their groups. Noone knew every person in their group so it was good to see them really meeting their classmates. The groups have already streamlined things for them and for myself. I'm excited, it feels much more organized.

Classroom Rules

During the 1st week I implemented classroom rules and they proven to be be effective. Even though they have to be revisited regularly, students are beginning to understand the culture of the class.

Leader In Me Classroom Management

I'm new to this course therefore, I'm not familiar with any of the strategies used doing the summer. However, this year I'm using a new approach in my class. I'm teaching my students how to become leaders and supervise their team mates. For instant, last week, our project was "How technology have changed from birth to present?". There are two teams, one leader and 5 teammates. Each leader distributed a task for each teammates and designed a board of their project. When they finished with the project, they introduced their project as a team. As a team, they learned how to work together instead of individual workers.
Classroom managers.  I also introduced the classroom managers to all classes. At first they seemed confused  as to how they fit in to the flow.  now that we are 4 week in and we have had a rotation  and they have bought into the roles and take them more seriously.

Greeting students at the Door

I found out that greeting the students each day at the door has helped develop not only that professional relationship from the start but also a personal relationship as well. I get returned greetings now without my prompting. :0) This is also a great way for the first few days to remind them of the missed classroom rules that need to be repeated for a while upon entering the classroom. (Throwing away food and drink as they enter, do their daily essential question, etc. )

Feeling the Halo Effect

I was very intentional about how I introduced myself and my program to each of my classes. Instead of the "deer in headlights" introduction that I did last school year, this year I practiced being energetic, confident, and excited about the year to come. I really believe that it helped set a much more positive tone for my classes. Hopefully, this will cover me when I'm feeling overwhelmed and/or impatient.

Classroom Management

In my class, I used proximal control and it seemed to work for most situations. One student in particular would continue to exhibit attention seeking behaviors, even after responsing to proximal control. I then pulled that student aside for conversation, but ended up having that conversation twice. I then moved to having that student removed from the class. She recently returned and seems to have a changed perception of my expectations for the class. I later remembered that students who are performing those attention seeking behaviors are often bored and it would be useful to give them a place in the class to channel their energy, such as classroom manager.
I started a classroom management system which defined the roles of different students and have implemented it. It has help the class flow better. I enjoy it because it creates a more controlled atmosphere, and so far the class officers and team leaders seem to enjoy their roles. Some of the students have surprised me with their initiative and willingness to step up to their leadership positions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Post of Fall Semester 2012

I wanted you all to see what a post looks like, so this is a "test post" for you all to see.
Thanks, Dr. J