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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 Sept. 8th Elissa NTI

Hello! Welcome Back!
Where do I start? This program and especially this summer has changed who I am as a student, teacher, and a person. I have become much more relaxed and can focus more on the lessons I am teaching rather than putting together things at the last minute. I have taken more control of my classroom and lab and as for being the only teacher it has been wonderful.  I am using technology more to break up lecture and classwork. I keep students engaged by letting them watch the video then afterwards we debrief and they fill out the questions, this way they are not just concentrating on the questions while they are supposed to be watching the video. My classroom rules and procedures are posted and I refer back to them when needed as well as the syllabus that all students and their parents signed the first week of school. I have implemented almost everything that we learned this past summer into my classes and the strategies have impacted all 198 of my students I believe. We have already started cooking and this month are catering  3 events because lessons plans have been running so smooth! The strategies we learned all are a different approach to the different learning styles we have at Riverwood and in my Culinary classes. One of the best lessons I learned was the repetition from a student of the directions  I give for the class period. This way I do not have to keep repeating myself and one or more than one student gets to take ownership of what the plan is for the class. Lessons plans that we wrote this summer have reduced my stress by 80% I just wish I had had enough time to complete them all! Changing the grading system this year was another bonus for my CTSO FCCLA our culinary club participation or (assignments if they are not a member)  it is 5 % of their final grade. Last year I had 36 members it was something fun but was not incorporated into the grading nor was it organized. Now since it is a requirement for a grade and  to show ACF (Industry Certification) that we are an active chapter I have 197 active members.They are doing great things already for the school, program, and community. I have also been worried about leaving on maternity leave February - May but as I am teaching the other classes I am writing lesson plans as I go. This helps me see what worked and what did not work and how I can improve. Transferring in and out of the lessons in the beginning and the end of class also help me and the students stay on track for the week.


Tennille Rainey said...
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Dr. J said...

Hi Chef Oliver,
It sounds like you are off to a very strong start. Wow - 3 events to cater already. I know you are extremely well organized and doing the little tweaks from the summer just makes you even better. I hope you enjoy this semester before your "little break." Dr. J.