Success with Something New!
Question: What is something new you tried during the first couple of weeks of school that you learned at NTI this past summer. Did it work? Why or Why not\
The greeting at the door continues to be a great success! I have not had to remind students of the classroom rules since the first week. (Woo hoo!) It has also helped my develop a better relationship with even my really shy students. I have worked hard on the set inductions and am still finding neat things that excite even me!
Another wonderful thing happened just yesterday when one of my students that constantly tries to talk during class has settled down as I have successfully used the proximity technique (after moving her right to the front near me)and name dropping too. She actually has been paying attention lately and only interrupted me once yesterday when I was wrapping up my topic to tell me: "Please don't stop!" She went on to say that she wanted me to tell them another (topic related) story stating "this is the best class ever- I love how you make it real". Well, that 's all it took for me to say I made a difference!
I have already had a health care career guest speaker in to change up the classroom lessons and then had the students produce a healthcare career PPT presentation. We used our new computers for research and with the use of a rubric they all produced outstanding presentations. I was so proud of each of them! (I will get this technology "thing" yet!)
Another new thing I used this year was assigning a classroom manager. What a difference this has made in my classroom! Thank you Dr. Burns and Dr. Montrois for all your wonderful wisdom!!
The only down-side to the start of the new year so far is the size of my classes. It is still fluctuating and makes it a little difficult to keep everyone "on the same page". Hopefully that will improve with the new week.