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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 in NTI - Casey 9/8/14

     So far this year, I have utilized the syllabus I wrote in the classroom. The first two days, we went through my syllabus. I posted the syllabus on my teacherpage, and my students can refer back to my website as they need to view my syllabus. Knowing what they can expect week-to-week and even day-to-day limits the questions, "What are we going to do today?" My classroom rules are posted on the wall right next to the front door, and I refer to them often. My three favorites are, "Be respectful of myself, others, supplies, and the teacher, Ask three....then Mrs. Fleury, and Use positive and professional language at all times." My 6th grade lesson plans are entirely completed, so I feel like I am ahead when they arrive. I feel incredibly prepared, especially in the classroom. I have implemented, "Please repeat the directions back to me" in the classroom, and it amazes me how much that limits their questions.
     As far as behavior and classroom management goes, I know it requires experience to react appropriately, but I have seen great improvement in how I manage behavior and the classroom, as well. My "next-door-neighbor" was absent one day and a special needs student had his phone out, so his parapro tried multiple times unsuccessfully to take up his phone. The substitute teacher tried, unsuccessfully to take up his phone. I was walking in at this time to check on the sub and make sure all was going well when I walked into this situation. I walked up to the student and explained to him that he had two choices, he could give up the phone or go up to administration. Without questioning me, he gave up his phone reluctantly. The parapro and sub were please and impressed, my coworker was impressed, and my administration told me I had good intuition in the situation.
     To summarize, I feel much more prepared this year, and I'm glad I've had the opportunity to improve and learn through NTI.


Jennifer W said...

I'm glad you mentioned how you are having success with having students retell the directions you have just given. Honestly I had forgotten about this but I will be implementing it IMMEDIATELY!!! I know this will be a sanity saver for me.

I am also impressed with how you are using what you've learned in class to get respect from your collegues and administration. I know often times in CTE we aren't considered "Real Teachers" but you are proving we are!

Jan D said...

Excellent Casey. I think you handled the phone situation with a lot of professionalism. I have not had to use that strategy yet, but it is one that I feel comfortable going to. Your syllabus for very thourough and I know that your parents and students appreciate that. Keep up the good work!!

C Middlebrooks said...

I feel more prepared as well as a result of NTI. The strategies that we learned have been extremely beneficial in classroom management. I am sure that the substitute was relieved when you walked in the room. I did not post my syllabus online, but after reading your post I think I may post it. It is always a good idea to have a reference tool for students when they ask questions that were clearly outlined in the syllabus. Middle school is probably a little more challenging when it comes to classroom management, but as a result of our training it seems like you have it under control. I like to approach that you took with the student. Your response shows a true comprehension of and ability to deliver the recommended classroom management strategies.

Dr. J said...

Hi Casey,
I am glad to see that you implemented the language of choice. And, I am also glad that others got to see you in action and that you have been applauded for your teacher behavior/expertise. It sounds like you are off to a strong start this year. You worked really hard this summer and it is paying off :) Dr. J.