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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 manageable than last year?

The  strategies  I learned this summer from the NTI  Summer course that I have implemented thus far are as follow: developing assignment grade rubrics, having an assignment return in box, and having a classroom manager/ group team position (i.e task manager, time keeper, and facilitator). As I have created assignments for my students creating a rubric for that assignment has proven to be a tremendous tool. Rubrics are virtually design to eliminate subjective judgment. It alleviates a student's allegations of the teacher being bias towards them and not receiving a good grade. It promotes the student effort on achieving their own grade. It helps me with grading and the task of grading is not as daunting. I am truly appreciate being introduce and adopting this tool.

I have a class draw for each of my classes, I have created individual folders for each student,  and the students know they drawer and place all return homework, papers, and classwork in the folder in their respective drawer. This strategy helps with class management and organization. It also helps with grading. I go into the folders and verify whether a student return the homework, signed document, and classwork and grant points accordingly.

When I assign group work, I instruct the students on the positions that are needed and they govern themselves by appointing their peers to the specific role. It promotes their individual strength and all members feel important and they are engage in the activity. Furthermore, having a class manager allows for a more student center classroom. I delegate to the classroom manger the duties and that individual executes it accordingly.

I am truly grateful to Dr. Burns, Ms. Cochran, Dr. M and the entire GSU team for their invaluable instruction and knowledge. Everything I learned this summer has boost my confidence and I am becoming a truly effective instructor.  


Kim Nix said...

I have also liked having an inbox and managers. I didn't think of how "the student thinking you'd be bias towards them", that is very true. I need to utilize my rubrics more. Love the folder idea! That would be a better way to keep up with papers so that you are not searching for something someone "turned in" when they still have it in their notebook. I am thinking of using this. It would also help with returning graded work, they could just get it from their folder instead of taking up class time to pass back things. You are very good with organization and knowing how things would work well. Thank you for the details of your strategies I really enjoyed reading.

Dr. J said...

It is amazing to me how much of teaching relys on good organization. With good organization you have more time to teach and definitely feel less stressed looking for things, etc. I am glad you are doing these things and I hope you will keep them up. Dr. J.