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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

What are some strategies or products that you have implemented from our summer NTI that made your semester begin more smoothly and more managable than last year? If this is your first year, what is working well? Remember to post and then to comment on another classmate's post. Grading criteria is located in your course syllabus

The start of this school year has been much smoother than last year thanks to the strategies a
that I learned in NTI this summer. I have been much more relaxed and confident because I am more prepared. The leson plans that I prepared have allowed me to have more time to focus on the nuts and bolts of the lesson.

I have  utilized many of the strategies from the summer. I use the set induction everyday and it helps to engage the students before the lesson begins. I have used the transition techniques that Dr. Burns demonstrated to move the class into small groups and to move from station to station in lab. After giving instructions, I will ask someone to repeat them to the class. All of these strategies have helped to make the start of the schoolyear much less stressful.


Casey F said...

The set induction is so helpful in the classroom to get students in the right mindset. That has also worked well for me. On the rare days when I come in relatively unprepared, I notice a complete difference in attitudes and behaviors of the students if I don't have a set induction. Also, I have to add that doing transitions in the classroom does help limit the students' wasted time in the classroom. Having the students repeat back to you has been imperative in my classroom. It has minimized the questions significantly, and it also helps me understand if I've misspoken to my students or haven't spoken well. This blogging will help us all improve as teachers, and I'm sure that's why we're all here - to give our students the best we can give them.

Dr. J said...

Hi Jan,
I am glad your year is off to a smoother start and that you are able to use things you learned this past summer. Next year will be even better!
I think anything that helps reduce the stress level can make you a better teacher. It's amazing that the students are more calm when you are more organized and less stressed. I bet you have a very positive learning environment! Dr. J.