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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 September 8,2014 Rayner

I am very thankful for all of the strategies that I have learned this summer at NTI.  It has been extremely helpful having well thought out lesson plans prepared.  The school year has started and has moved very fast so having my lessons plans done has given me time to focus on some of my other responsibilities. I also  utilize having at least two students repeat my directions and it really seems to help the students pay closer attention when I give directions because I usually ask specific students to repeat the directions.  I have also enjoyed having my inventory sheet that we prepared this summer.  My lab needs everything and I must submit my order by September 26, 2014.  Having most of the items that will be needed already on the sheet has saved me a lot of time.  If I had not started NTI this summer I don't know how my year would be going right now but I imagine it would be very crazy.  It has been very helpful having a well thought out classroom management plan as well, although I'm constantly tweaking it.  This is an exciting journey as a first year student.


Gina Gailey said...

Candice I enjoyed reading your blog. You are a delightful person and I can see nothing but great things in your future. As a first year teacher last year I recall the "Scared" feeling and the unpreparedness. I remember staying up all night scrambling to get lesson plans together for the follwing day.
You are very lucky that you have started your year off with so much knowledge. Your students will be better off having completed the structured class environment you have provided for them.
I really enjoy reading that you have established such a great routine of repeating directions back and the inventory sheet method. It really seems like you are very organized. Have a great year!

Dr. J said...

Hi Candice,
It sounds like you are off to a really good start. It is actually positive that you are tweaking your classroom management plan. Each school and group of students is different so it is good to have a basic plan and then customize it. As you grow in confidence you may even ask for student input. Sometimes they are tougher in their suggestions than you would be. Wait until at least next semester to ask for their input. Right now I think what you are doing is good. I can't wait to come see you . . Dr. J.