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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, September 10, 2013

2 Days out of School

What surprised you the most this week at school and why? What surprised me the most this week at school was the fact that I was out of school 2 days, a Thursday and a Friday and I got a report back that my 1st period student's behavior was great. I have 5 PEC kids in my 1st period, so the class can be a little difficult to "wrangle" at times. It's not the actual fact that their behavior was good those 2 days or that they usually misbehave. It was the fact that they perform a higher extremely high level. They completed 2 projects and 2 Vocabulary Contracts in my absence. They are fully capable of "doing school" but I know they can easily be distracted a lot of different circumstances. One main circumstance is the teacher being absent. The teacher across the hall brought them donuts because they performed so well. I was highly impressed.


chris said...

WOW!!!That is always good to come back to. It always makes you feel proud when a substitute reports good behavior. I had to be out this week due to jury duty. I always get a VERY strict substitute. She is familiar with my school and students. When I was preparing my plans, I told some of my students that I would not be there Monday and I expected their best behavior. They did not show up for class.

WesleyG said...

I have done my fair share of substitute teaching and I like to think I was pretty good at it, but one thing I noticed is that the students behavior when they are with me is directly related to how the class is ran by the actual teacher. Sure, they may go to the restroom or listen to music more with a sub. But, the overall behavior and productivity of the students in your absence is from the expectations that have been set from day one. I had the opportunity to sub for a few of my past teachers and knew they ran a tight class. Every time I subbed in their classes, it was a pleasant experience. I believe their good behavior in your absence speaks greatly to a properly established set of expectations and class rules. It also reflects on how well you’re doing with your classes. You must have learned that from the NTI program!