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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

Response to Question 1: What I'll be improving on this semester

There are two things that I would like to focus my attension towards improving this semester. The first is, I would like to improve on the overall structure of my instruction. My plan of implementation is to keep the structures that I learned from Dr. J this summer. Using the lesson plan format for opening and closing class, using the short lecture method, as well as the objective, demonstration, check list style for teaching the students a new task. There are several other items I have learned that I will be using to improve my methods of instruction, but I can only focus on what I can accomplish without getting bogged down. This brings me to the other item of attension, and improvement, which would be my need to better prioritize. The hundreds of items on my to do list can easily cause long days and restless nights when not done in a proper order. The items in need of emediate completion (lesson plans, grades, administrative requests, CTSO deadlines, GSU work, etc.) need to be taken care of first and if there is time left in the day I can work on other items(learning new techniques for labs, learning new software, organizing the shop and office, supporting students at ball games, etc.).

1 comment:

cortney rae said...

I agree. Dr. J's method makes so much sense. Most of the time I feel flustered due to the constraints I am forced to fulfill with the format of instruction we are required to use. Maybe I am simple minded?