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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!

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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
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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 16, 2014

 "Of everything I did this past week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again? And, why"? 
I ask myself this often! I feel like I have been rushing lately. I think it is because I am going on maternity leave in February and want to get everything done! I stay too late at school sometimes past 8 pm. What I would do differently and what I started to do differently today was demo the recipes for the students. I guess i expect them to know all these culinary ways of doing things and they don't. I learn by doing so I will teach by doing. The past month I have thrown them a recipe and said you got this. Ha spinach quiche and cheese souffle' it worked but it could have worked better had I demoed before hand. Now starting today I demoed exactly what they should do when they walk into the kitchen and made the recipe today was homemade mayonnaise. This worked beautifully! I went in and showed them each step as they added notes to their recipe. They tasted my final product and then they began. Faces lit up! "It is just like yours! Maybe better!" they said. Watching me first do it correctly and then me helping them just a little along the way is much better! I will be doing a demo before since we have 90 min. and hopefully this will help all students and me chill out a little bit!!
Elissa 9/16/14

1 comment:

Jennifer W said...

I totally understand your wanting to have everything done before you go on maternity leave but girl you need to slow down or you are going to end up going into labor early. You are very organized and thorough I promise everything will work out with your classes. Take this time to relax a little and enjoy the journey. I know that is easier said than done but you are very smart and again very organized and thorough I'd bet you have way more than enough done to cover you while you are out on maternity leave. Keep being a great teacher but quit putting so much pressure on yourself :)