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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 15, 2014

#2-Reflecting on Teaching this week-September 15 (Gina)

    Of everything I did this past week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again? That is a difficult question.  As I ask myself this question, I wonder if I could change an approach or a reaction to a student for the better would it have changed for the lesser in another students eyes.  When teaching I try to incorporate many methods of delivering information.  Through those methods I can see various students responding  differently to what works for them.  There were moments last week when I could have been more patient with certain students that struggle to focus and stay on task.  Having to take time out for a student you know has a hard time staying on task, when the rest of the class is moving right along with you is sometimes frustrating.  There were a few moments last week when I could have probably tried grouping to help those struggling, one in particular student, with those that are progressing a lot faster. I refrained from doing this because I was adamant about individual projects this week, which is important to my field.  This student in particular depends heavily on the help of others, yet is perfectly capable of progressing on their own.  I could have tried a "partner reflection" of sorts to try and receive feedback from their peers before it was turned into me.  This could have benefited the student better because it was obvious they were having a difficult time on their own.


Dr. J said...

Hi Gina,
This is an interesting post. I am wondering about the student you mentioned. Doe the student rely on others due to lack of self confidence, laziness, fear of failure, etc. Collecting a little data may be helpful. Also, do other students like or dislike working with this student? I think it is important to have both group and individual work especially since it is relevant to your career area. Dr. J.

Chris Cannon said...

Hello Gina, I can fully understand your situation due to I was that student when I first got on the SWAT team. Even thought I was fully capable of doing things on my own, I was afraid of failing. I think with your awesome teaching skills you will be able to convince the student that he or she can do things on their own and do them well. Chris C.

Tawanna Cummings said...

Hi Gina,
I have not started in the classroom yet but it is good to hear some of the obstacles and challenges that teachers are experiencing in the classroom. I will note your thoughts,teaching techniques/skills, and classroom management for encounters with this type of student.

C Middlebrooks said...

I have encountered this problem as well. I love the idea of a partner reflection. I was adamant about individual projects on our last project and I think my students would have benefited from a partner reflection before actually turning it in.