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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?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Open Mic - Casey

     The predominant thing for me this week has been having substitute teachers in the classroom. Last week, when I was absent, I had a student stick gum in another student's hair. When I returned, I was so frustrated with the students for their misbehavior. This week, I had to be absent because my son was sick with a stomach bug. When I returned to class today, my students had no behavior issues with the substitute. My coworker always says that you don't want a sub your students like because they will run right over that person, and I have truly found that to be true. I also am learning the type of work not to give and the type of work to give the substitute when I am absent. 
     Also, nearing the end of the term, I am finding that students are hitting their "terrible twos" as I call it where they test every rule. I find that if I'm not just as strict on my rules now as I was in day one, they will take a mile. I struggle with this because I don't always want to be so stern, but I know I need to be more organized and prepared in class. The days I come unprepared and disorganized, the students are hard to get back in order for a couple days afterwards. With having a substitute 4 days out of the last 10, it has been a major struggle to maintain order in my classroom. I keep telling myself that I always have next term to fix my mistakes. The important thing is that I am continuously learning from my mistakes!

1 comment:

Jan D said...

Casey, that is exactly the kind of outlook that you should have. Learn from your mistakes and make improvements. It is always hard when you have a sub. The students like structure, so when they come into the class and see an unfamiliar face, it really disrupts their felling of security. I had the same issue last week. I am so thankful that we prepared emergency lesson plans over the summer or the sub would have had a really long day. You are doing a great job. Keep it up!!