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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 - Chasity

One of the most beneficial portions of the summer NTI program was the lesson planning. As a result of NTI I began the semester with several weeks of lesson plans ready to go.  I begin each class with a set induction.  The set induction is grouped with the mandatory writing prompt for our school.  I use a variety of resources for this portion of class because it sets the tone for the entire class period.  My students look forward to the writing prompt/set induction because I spend a considerable amount of time searching for interesting videos, articles, audio, etc. to get my students interested in the lesson for the day.  My content area has been a hot topic in the media; therefore, my class serves as a safe haven to discuss sensitive issues.  The set induction/writing prompt allows students to gain knowledge on relevant legal issues, voice their opinions, and respectfully disagree with the opinions of others.   The media is notorious for reporting issues in a one sided manner.  My students look forward to learning the “real deal” when they start each class.   I also use the set induction throughout the class period to remind students of the relevance of the topic that we are discussing.  I have also found the transfer in/out to be a useful tool.  Students are able to organize the content through meaningful recalls of information and they are always aware of what we did and where we are going. 


sandra Fingall said...

Chastity, I so agree with the set induction being so powerful. Adding this to the lesson plan has been extremely beneficial for students. I find that they look forward to it. It has been so positive that I introduced the concept to our advisory team and we now have these opening type activities at the beginning of our advisory.
Great post.

Candice Rayner said...

I am encouraged by hearing how well using your set induction has worked for you. I must give my set induction more careful thought because I would like to see my students get excited about the upcoming lesson. I have also enjoyed having my lesson plans prepared. I'm just beginning to see how much responsibilty teachers' really have. Using technology in class is helping me to stay abreast technology as well.

sharifah lee said...

Chasity, I truly agree with you. Lesson plans has always been a throne in my side. I am truly appreciative of doing lesson plans this summer. It is still not my cup of tea, however I do understand the importance and relevance of lesson plans and I must agree it makes the day and week go by a lot smoothly.

Timothy St. Clair said...

I haven't writen one lesson plan yet. That was the longest and best of the summer. I am going seal your writting promt idea to better add reading and writing.

Dr. J said...

What a great way to incorporate writing! You have done a great job in getting your students hooked and interested in your lesson for the day. I love the way you are teaching them to be informed consumers of information. Your strategy is perfect for your content area! I know this is a lot of effort on your part and I applaud you for being committed. Dr. J.