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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

Week 8 Question.

What are some strategies or products that you have implemented from our summer NTI that made your semester begin more smoothly and more manageable than last year?

The summer NTI program was/is great...I was fully prepared to start the first day of school because I complete my "First Day of School assignment," I followed that to the letter...I went through the syllabus but I did not read it to the students.  There in high school they can read and ask question  if something is unclear.  I did pointed out key points such as the grading policy, Teacher contact and tutorial dates.  When it came to the classroom rules I had each of my classes look at them and modify them to both my and their needs.  Classroom management, my desks are away from the wall and I can easily access each and every student.  I no longer accept any papers from students.  Each class has their own turn in box and it is labeled.  I am hardly ever at my desk and I instruct from the center of the room.  So I can easily use techniques such as “The Eye” or “Proximity Control.”  During Presentations I have a laser pointer/Clicker so I am not stuck to one area of the room.  The Summer NTI program has taken a lot of the guest work of teaching away for me.  Last year teaching I fumble a lot, it was trial by fire, this I am managing the flames better.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Good for you. A Chef really needs to "manage the flames." You are going to keep getting better and better results due to your efforts to be a better teacher! Dr. J.