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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?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My post Summer NTI beginning... Erin

Wow! What can I say about the tremendous stress that has been relieved this year because of the Summer NTI program? My daily instructional routines are more consistent and strong. Starting each day with a briefing (bridging and set induction), moving into a solid lesson, and wrapping up with a debriefing (reflective questioning and conclusion) has made my teaching so much more efficient. I think that these daily routines help maintain student engagement and classroom management. Having my policies and procedures posters have enabled me to remind students of what the expectations are in my class without a lengthy discussion or student rebuttal. The students who have had me in the past are really noticing a difference in my teaching style and have even asked, "where did Ms. Dale go". They probably mean that in a negative way considering my classes in years prior have been fairly unstructured and disorganized, allowing for too much free time and socializing. My new students appear to have more respect for me and are functioning at a higher level than my introduction classes in the past. I'm hoping that as the semester progresses, that I will continue to tighten up my instruction by improving my ability to better utilize my administrative duty time. This is the strongest start to the year that I have had to date and I owe it all to what I learned from class this summer. I wish I could have completed Summer NTI prior to my first year of teaching- the impact of the experience is truly priceless.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Where did Ms. Dale go? She went to a new and better place! Step by step one becomes a Master Teacher. Good for you. Keep it up and you will really start to "love" teaching. Dr. J.