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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 17, 2013

One thing I have learned to help me grow...

This week in the midst of trying to plan and teach and coach, I received an email telling me to request a sub so I could go to SLO training. First, I thought, wow, I am so far behind they are sending me to training for being SLOW?! Does anyone know the feeling? Then, I do what I always do to avoid looking dense, I asked my wife what SLO stood for. She explained the Student Learning Objectives and how they fit into the Teacher Keys Evaluation System or TKES. Realizing that I am going to be evaluated (50%) on student growth could be a scary thought, but then I realized that this is what teaching is all about. It is about getting a group of students at the beginning of the year and teaching them. When I give my pretest, I will see what they know or don't know, then I do what I have wanted to do all along, teach. Then, at the end of the year with the post test, I assess what they have learned. If I have done my job, then I will see student growth. The great thing about it is the SLO's are individualized, it isn't that all students have to make a 70 or above to pass, they have to raise their score from the pretest from the post test by a certain percentage. To me, this is far better than using a meets or exceeds for all students, because they come to us with all different types of backgrounds and knowledge. So, I felt like this process will help me grow as a teacher--granted they could have used a better acronym than SLO.


1 comment:

Dr. J said...

I love your sense of humor in your post! Keeping humor in your life as a teacher helps keep everything in perspective. I am glad your wife could tell you what this is all about. I, too, am learning about this new evaluation process for teachers and will need to introduce it in NTI next summer I think :)