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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, April 2, 2013

One Piece of Advice.....

If I could give my replacement one peice of advice it would be to set expectations and follow through! As with most humans, children/students operate more successfully if there is a plan in place. Students, especially teenagers are like "sharks" so they can smell new bait a mile away. If they see someone new and they feel that they can take control, they undoubtedly will take control of your class and you will never be able to get it back.  Speaking from personal experience I know what its like to feel helpless in a room full of loud, rambunctious teenagers, and it is not a comfortable place to be in.  I would urge him/her to remain calm, but set rules/expectations on the very first day and enforce them on a consistent basis.  Reach out to your administrators, because they are the disciplinarians in the building and they are there to support you.  Enjoy the experience as much as can, as I will be enjoying my long overdue vacation.


Sherri said...

This in one of those don't walk in front of someone swinging lessons. Your mamma told you a million times to steer clear of the kids on the swings at the playground, but it wasn't until you got kicked in the head that you really learned that lesson. Classroom management is so crucial to teaching that if you don't get it managed quickly, student learning will not occur. Don't wait until you get kicked in the head to learn this crucial piece of advice!

DAB said...

I totally agree with you 2teachers. Classroom management is key. Pulling them back in is really hard. It can be really frustrating for you as wellas the students.