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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 8, 2012

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.

1 comment:

DAB said...

Your constant positive attitude is infectious. I would love to discuss your set inductions. That is challenging for me. I have had a great deal of " technology difficulties" this year (much like last year). Even my " technology managers " cannot help me. Frustrating not to be able to pop a quick video clip up and pop back to a PowerPoint or something like that.