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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, January 26, 2013

More effective separation of lesson plans for all 3 preps

One area where I would like to grow and improve as a teacher this semester is to find a way/ways  to create engaging lesson plans for ALL 3 preps for the therapeutic services pathway for healthcare. I have been successful in separating the courses, however, I have not been able to provide as many differentiated assignments as I would like to due to time constraints, limited access to textbooks, and the copier in the main office. I find it difficult to get all of my planning done in the time that is allotted for planning at school and the added time staying late in the evenings. The way that my classes are arranged requires that I change the white board or lab area between class changes and that is virtually impossible because all teachers must be at our doorways to monitor students during transitions. I generally use my planning period as well as my lunch period to prepare for the upcoming class(es). I rarely get a chance to plan a week or two in advance just because of everything that I need to get done. I find myself trying to do lesson plans on the weekly most of the time which is difficult because of things I am required to do at home. I started NTI out of sequence, however I hear that during the summer semester we have to create a large number of lesson plans. I look forward to that time so that I may be better organized and prepared for next school year. I feel as if I am doing a better job than I did last school year after I was hired 8 weeks into the semester and taught all of my classes mostly the same concepts during the first semester. This year I have been able to completely separate the three preps but it has been very taxing. I absolutely love teaching healthcare science, I just look forward to the days I can do it more efficiently.

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