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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

Strategies Implemented 9/6 KNix

The lesson plans we created this summer gave me a great starting foundation. I use the “lights off” to get the attention of students rather than trying to talk over them. The classroom managers are a huge help when trying to pass out things and clean up. I have been asking students to repeat back the directions before moving into groups or partners, they move faster by doing this. I use the closing questions as weekly “bell ringer” recap questions they turn in on Friday. No more death by power point! I have been using the instructional strategies and lots group activities that keep them engaged and still learning. I really like using the objectives, the students know what they will get out of the class for that day. NTI has been such a blessing! I am very thankful for the wonderful instructors we have.  


Larry Alford said...

Hello Kim,
I wholeheartedly agree with your post. The instructional strategies that I learned during the summer NTI has provided me with helpful ways to keep my students engaged and yield a more well managed learning environment. Having the students to repeat the objective and expectations back to the class, has empowered the students and it makes certain to me that the information was communicated and received correctly. My students have become more active in classroom participation. They’re always eager to serve as the classroom manager, supply manager and time keeper. I’ve discovered that by assigning the students task, it promotes leadership and ultimately improves my classroom management. These seemingly simple roles are effective strategies for creating a more inclusive classroom experience for every student. The summer NTI has equipped me with essential teacher survival tools.

Dr. J said...

Hi Kim,
I was ready to write a comment to you, but I can't say it any better than Larry did :)