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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, August 24, 2013

One thing I would definitely like to improve on as a teacher is to be more organized and to get my thoughts across to my students more clearly. I have all of these ideas and I have my students complete work, but sometimes I can't organize my ideas clearly for them. Grading papers is a big problem for me because I get behind on time and I can't get papers back to my students effeciently. One thing I'm trying to develop is system where I can grade my papers everyday, but as a teacher it's sometimes hard to be disciplined to keep your system which you developed because there are a lot of things which come up in the day which you don't plan on. Another thing I would like to improve on as a teacher is to develop more thorough lesson plans. I'm the type of person that likes to be organized but not to organized to the point where I don't have room to change anything on my lesson plans. I tend to develop my best lesson plans a day before because I can think about the specific students in my classes and I can really think about the different classes and say, "This can work well with this student, or it won't work well for this class." I am definitely a work in progress as a teacher and I'm learning about myself everyday. However, I know I will continue to learn about teaching everyday and continue to develop my skills!

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