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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?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Warning, warning....

If I won the lottery and scheduled a trip around the world I would be gitty all the way to Hartsfield-Jackson in my stretch limo.  If I had to meet with my replacement and give him/her one piece if advise it would be to maintain my management plan. Keeping a "tight" management style works well for a few reasons. First, it takes the onus off the students.  The rules are always the same for everyone everyday. They don't have to decide how I will react to something today vs tomorrow. It's always the same. Refer to the classroom rules as often as necessary. Being consistent also cuts down on discipline issues.  But I would issue this WARNING.... Be very careful because you may really love being their teacher!


Ken said...

Great post, I make it a habit to not read other posts before I do mine so I try to get my true feelings. If I had read your first I probably would have changed my mind.I agree with setting a consistent management style and letting the students know what is expected. But most of all I agree with loving to teach.

Chef Tiffany said...

I thought it was funny that you underlined the word had. Surely you would gladly meet with the replacement even though you limo awaited you just outside. I think referring to the management plan is helpful for the students as well as the teacher. It reminds everyone that the best environment is one that is organized, efficient and free from drama. Surely we have fewer behavioral issues since we do refer to our rules periodically. Whether the students care to review them or not, they do still love us! Funny how that works.

Theresa Kuhn said...

I totally agree with your thoughts on maintaining your management plan. Students need rules and as we have learned, want rules! Without order and routines in the classroom, learning has an uphill battle especially for those students that do want to learn. I also agree the rules have to be the same for everyone. If we give in to one, it does not take long for others to want the same “break”. I plan on making my classroom rules poster much bigger and visible for next year now that I know how important it is to have them posted and really visible.
By the way, loved your ending statement because as a replacement teacher last year, I did come back because I loved being their teacher! Oops – was that supposed to happen? (smiling)