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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?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Preparation is Everything........

I like to use quizlet to introduce key terminology especially when we are starting a new unit. I decided to take a group of "lively" ninth graders to our new computer lab to work on the terms. Even though I had allotted the entire class period in my lesson plan for this activity, NTI teaches us to always have an alternate assignment for students to complete. I did not do that and when students figured out how to "cheat" the system and get done with the assignment quicker than I expected, the tweeting and face booking began. I finally had to pack up shop and return to class and assign a written assignment to finish out the period.  Let me just say, "Lesson Learned".  I will always make sure that I have an additional assignment or task ready for those students who finish early.  I will additionally make sure that the assignment is not busy work, so that students feel rewarded and not punished.

1 comment:

Sivad Couture said...

That is so true Akisa! I learned that when I started substituting. The teacher would assign work to the students, but didn't have anything extra for them to do just in case they finished early. This created much chaos. If the students have too much free time on their hands, that's kind of like a recipe for disaster. You have to keep them engaged and especially make sure that it's just not busy work. Whether you count the extra worksheets they do for a participation grade, everything should count. If not, they will not take part and even tell you, "We're only do this as busy work. It's not going to count" What can you really say when that's what the teacher has done. Always keeping the students on their toes is a great way to keep them busy, keep their minds going, and best quality of all, it helps to manage the classroom a lot better.