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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, October 7, 2013

A week of reflection

Since Cobb County had this week off, this week was a week of reflection and self-evaluation. I looked back on the year so far and there are a couple of things I need to fix. The most important thing for me is to stay more organized. Something that always gets me behind is putting of grading papers for a week or two. Even though sometimes we all say, "I'll get to it tomorrow, or next week etc..." that always gets me in trouble and I'm doing better at it, I just have to make it a habit and be disciplined. Something else that I have to work on is breaking down my lessons even more, piece by piece. Something that I believeis that some of us take for granted is the fact that all of the kids know the very basics of what we are trying to teach them. Something which I found out early in my teaching career is that you always want to break down every piece of the lesson which you are trying to teach because you truly don't know which students know the very basics and what students know and don't know. Even though as teachers, we sometimes feel the need not to break down the simplest of details, the students will appreciate it. The last thing which I need to be more mindful of is that even though I am teaching my lessons in different ways I always need to walk around the class more often to check on students' understanding before the end of class. Even though students say that they understand something, nine times out of 10, they really don't but they don't want to be embarrased by asking a question. I've found out that if you check with a student individually they will open up to you if they don't understand something. I just have to be sure I check more frequently!

1 comment:

Nurse TJ said...

Wow!!! An entire week off?!?!?! I am jealous!! My county will only have two days off this week. I have some of the same concerns that you do. I, too, need to be more disciplined about grading in a timely fashion. I also realized about myself that my directions are not as specific coming out of my mouth as they seemed when they were in my head. I think that if I broke the directions down even more, there would be less confusion among the students. I guess teaching really is kind of a trial and error thing, in some regard.