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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

NTI Strategies- Ruth

This is my first year teaching.  The strategies that helped me most were with classroom management and seating.  I arranged my desks so that there are four rows on each side and I could walk down the middle.  This makes it easy for me to walk over to students and make sure they are on task, when they are I commend them.   I am also able to use the proximity method when students are talking or doing other things that are not appropriate during class time.  Taking the first two weeks to go over class procedures and expectations was also extremely helpful.  Another useful strategy I learned was modeling behavior.  I find that this is very useful with both grade levels that I teach.  I also practice being consistent which is hard, but I am managing.  Another strategy that really helps is having the agenda posted for the students.  I didn’t really think the students were paying attention to it, but one day I didn’t put anything up and one student came to me and asked about it. He said, what we are doing today, I didn’t see anything written on the board. Overall, the summer NTI class strategies have   proved to be extremely useful.


Octavious Hose said...

I totally agree! After taking NTI, I changed my seating arrangements so that I can navigate through the class easily and its really helped keeping the class on task. I also, placed my desk in the back of the classroom which allows me to see the entire class! Children would second guess when it comes to acting out!

Dr. J said...

Hi Ruth,
I think you are off to a good start. Remember, this is a huge career transition for you and it will take you some time to get your "sea legs." We are here to help you through this process. The first few weeks are overwhelming and you have the skills and knowledge to make this all work - piece by piece. Your strategies that you posted about are very good :) Dr. J.