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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?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One day at a time...sweet Jesus!

If I had a new coworker that came straight out of the workforce into the classroom, I would share a lesson on classroom management. What I mean by that is teaching strategies that help keep the "temperature" of the room comfortable for the teacher and students alike. Things such as proximal control, the "eye", or wait for it..."it may be important to you, but to me". These strategies allow a new teacher to feel in control of their very new environment and in turn that enables them to share what they know most effectively. When you feel like you are effective, each day gets a little easier and as each day passes, confidence grows. As confidence grows, the "temperature" maintains like a bright, sunny, spring day busting forth with new flowers.


Jama said...

I agree that classroom management is key! It was my toughest issue the first year of teaching. I felt that as a paramedic, I could control a scene, and so I thought it would be a natural crossover to the classroom. Not!!! I definitely entered my second year of teaching with an entirely different, MUCH stricter and more consistent approach. Lesson well learned! Great advice!

ChiroCourt said...

I definitely agree about the classroom management portion. I was timid in the beginning but now that I am into my 2nd year I am definitely more stern in my classroom management. Because I appear to be very close in age to my students they tend to view me as a peer. I had to break that barrier very quickly. I've found that being consistent in my management tactics has helped a lot. I don't waver on any rules and identifying students who are having "one of those days" at the beginning of class can decrease problems. I will have a one-on-one conversation with them at the beginning of class and that usually diffuses most potential problems.