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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

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.


Cassandra M said...

That was a very good one to implement, and I'm glad it worked! I changed my first day strategy as well after reflecting on what we learned about first impressions.

"Dear in headlights"--I know the feeling! That was my first day before NTI as well. It was much better this time.

Cassandra M said...

Correction--"DEER." I guess I have Saturday-itis.

Theresa Kuhn said...

Loved your post - I have felt the same! The energy level is definitely mirrored back by the students.

Chuandelai said...

I think I set a "strict, but nice" tone, and I am kind of happy I did. The students know that although I am a new teacher, they wont get a chance to run over me. I am glad this worked for you.

Dr.L said...

The first impression is always the one they remember. Glad you were firm.

Sivad Couture said...

I think it's great that you projected an energetic attitude. That make the class more exciting to learn about. Reflection is a great way that you approached this situation. You paid attention to how you interacted last year, then you utilized strategies used in this summer's class to create a positive influence on your students. Although reflection is something thing that we just went over today in class, it's a tool that is extremely useful in this class as well as today's world. I know if my instructor wasn't energetic about the course he/she was teaching, I wouldn't be excited about going through the semester and learning more material. Again, a great way to implement positive strategies. Way to go Sherri.