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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?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Be More Thorough and Don't Be an Island

This past week was actually one of my best weeks so far! Feels like the light at the end of the tunnel is no longer 17,000 feet away, it's only 16,999 feet away now.....yippee, progress!! If I had it to do all over again, I would have really analyzed the rubric forwarded to me from another teacher regarding the Current Event Articles that my students were assigned to bring. The rubric was fine for her and her students, but not for us. I read the rubric and it seemed great at the time, but I failed to consider how my students would do following it. I forgot, that most of my students only want to do the absolute bare minimum to get by. I do have a few that are over achievers, but a lot of them are hardly willing to do the minimum.  The rubric listed a criterion, then gave a range from 0-20 points. I learned that rubrics for my students should be more specific and detailed. I also learned that its more challenging for me to be equitable when the range is so general. I found myself being more lenient with the students that generally perform better, than I was with the consistent "under whelmers", if you will. Favortism is definitely as game that I don't want to play as a teacher.

I also attended the New CTAE Teacher Workshop in Macon last Tuesday and Wednesday, and I enjoyed myself. I found the information very helpful. In the small groups with other teachers from my content area, I learned that I am not the only one struggling. I learned that some new teachers have a much more challenging situation than what I am dealing with. I can't imagine being a first year teacher and having a newborn at home!! I learned that the fellowship of others in a similar situation was encouraging for me. If I had to redo this week, I don't think that  I would!

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

I will spend all semester with you in Spring on creating evaluation instruments. I agree that Dr. Williamson did a good job in the short time he was allowed at the conference. Dr. J.