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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?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Most valuable lesson

Looking back over the course of this semester I would say we definitely had our challenges, however, I would say the good far out weighed the bad. It was a challenge for me personally to stay focused when I wasn't physically sitting in the classroom, but I did take away some valuable information. The lesson that stands out most was one of the first. I really enjoyed the lesson on grouping. I never thought about all that goes into placing students in a group that will enable everyone in the group an opportunity for success. Besides separating students based on personalities, I am glad to have gained the knowledge that is supported by years of study. In addition to gaining information, it also helps me with the differentiation piece of my lesson plan. The lesson on grouping enabled me a clear understanding of how grouping works and also helped me explain my grouping strategies to administration.

1 comment:

Nurse TJ said...


I must say that I agree with you in terms of finding it hard to stay focused during the Tuesday night classes. I am glad that you were able to take away valuable information. It is also cool that you were able to use the "grouping skills" that we learned to justify your grouping technique to your administration. Prior to learning about grouping in NTI, I hadn't really given it that much thought, but what we learned really made a lot of sense! I'll bet your administration was quite impressed with your technique! Grouping students together in a strategic fashion optimizes the learing experience for every student.