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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?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 22-Ruth

Hello all, I teach a small group of students during my morning classes. One class of 14 and another of seven. These classes are small because of the content and state regulations. Last week during our discussion on communication, I took the time to speak with each student individually about the attitude needed to succeed in our field. I felt that each student has so much to offer the class after listening to them.  I felt more connected with each student and I was able to incorporate some of their ideas into the way I teach. I feel this was helpful because when I did that, they were more engaged. I am noticing everyday that students see me working hard for them and that's good, but when they see that I care about them that really makes a big difference.


Dr. J said...

Yes, they don't care what you know but they want to know that you care!
Dr. J.

cali b said...

In response to Ruth's post...

I am glad that you shared about your small classes. I have one with 5 students. I sometimes find that the students work much faster in small group sessions. As a result, the students cover more material. 2I feel the need to slow down because I have an identical class section with more students and the material is covered more slowly. I will utilize the opportunity to speak with students individually as you are doing. I think it was a good idea.