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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?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Identify one area where you would like to grow and improve as a teacher this semester

If I had to name just one area that I would like to improve upon this semester it would be my organizational skills.  I am normally a very organized and neat person, but this has waned in the  past year. I have so many things going on (preaching to the choir) that I actually prepare things for lessons and then misplace them for a day sometimes, because there is too many other things on my desk.  It is compounded by the fact that I share my classroom with another teacher. Short of getting a bigger desk, I'm going to have to focus on better organization.


Akisa Hurst said...

Diane, you are my sister! When I wrote my own blog I had the same thoughts as you and I must admit they are still just thoughts. I finally did make a decision however to start utilizing my student interns to help me get organized and to stay organized. I find that many of my students could use some organization skills of their own so its a win win situation. If all else fails,I can always hire a professional organizer, I hear they only charge $150/hour!

Tony Atchison said...

Organization is the key to everything in life. It makes our world a better place. I utilized the Personnel Organization chart we did this past summer and it is really helpful. Students love to be leaders and take on various responsibilities if you allow them to be leaders.

Also, consider planning ahead with the assistance of your Dept. Chair or a Senior student who is great at typing or filing. I find this to be helpful as well.

Cassandra M said...

I'm struggling with organization as well. I think that getting the students to take care of some of the filing is a good idea. I plan on implementing that suggestion this week with some of my class officers. There are some students out there who are naturals when it comes to organization! I am certainly going to start using them more.