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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?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Week September 29

One of the things I have noticed this year is that the students take me more seriously. My first year it seemed like I was always behind and I spent several mornings during my 30 minute commute thinking; “What in the world am I going to do with the kids today…” Fortunately, this year I have had a much better idea what is expected of me and I actually have a game plan. Not only has it made my year easier, but the kids are much more focused and seem to think I know what I am doing (I really have them fooled). There has been several times, last year and this year, which I have tried projects for the first time ever during the class (not the best practice I should add). Many times I have thought to myself; “Holy Crap! That worked!”, but I always play it cool and the kids believe that I have done these things thousands of times. This year I have been much better taking the time to take the demonstrations home and making sure I don’t have any surprises during class.


cali b said...

That's fantastic when things turn out great when you were unsure about the results. Kids are so unpredictable. You could probably try the same thing and get a different response. It all depends who your audience is and whether there is that one kid who wants to perform in a way that disrupts your plan. I am glad it all worked out. I will be glad to get to the point when I know what will work and how to make it work regardless of those unforeseen forces that may disrupt the plan.

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