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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

Things that are working

I learned so much this summer.  There are several main concepts that are working for me.  At the start of each class period, I have a "Question of the Day- Bell Ringer" posted for my students to answer with a 5 sentence paragraph.  The Question does not necessarily relate to the subject matter of the class that day, but it is a question that engages my students to write.  This activity assists me greatly in performing intial housekeeping for the class period.

Another concept that is working for me is to utilize the rubric of I explain it, you explain it before the students engage in an assignment or activity.  The students know what they are expected to do and are able to refresh or inform their classmates of the assignment/activity.  They are able to ask three and never have to ask me.


Ruth Q said...

Hi Cali, having a bell ringer at the beginning of class is a great strategy. I still struggle in the area of having class from bell to bell. I may use the question of the day in one of my classes. The writing of a five sentence paragraph seems to be appropriate for students to complete during the time given. Using a rubric is also a great idea. I haven’t used one in my classroom yet, but I do plan to use one next week. I have a lot of professional learning days coming up and I am going to assign a project for my students to work on which will have a rubric. I will be sure to explain it first as well. I’m happy the ask three strategy is working well for you. You are off to an awesome year. The summer session of NTI was great.

Timothy St. Clair said...

I Like your bell ringer activty, i would suggest make fit to whatever lesson you working with that day to tie it into the lesson. Have your students repeat the instructions to you verbely. That way that have it visiually and audio. THis will also clear up any confusion.

Dr. J said...

Hi Cali,
Thank you for your post. I am glad you are able to implement some strategies from the summer that are making your classes perform well for you. See Tim's comment about the bell ringers. I agree with him that you should tie them to the lesson. That's going from good to great . . . Dr. J.