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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, August 29, 2015

Fall Semester 2015 Week 1 Blog

Throughout the first few weeks of class, I have been having a difficult time with misbehavior with my advanced students. They are not used to the structure that I am bringing to the classroom. The teacher before me was much less structured than I am. I have been dealing with several different kinds of misbehavior. One of the most prevalent misbehaviors has been off task behavior. The way I have found that corrects this behavior best is proximity. As soon as I locate any off task students, I walk toward them and stand next to them. As soon as I do this, the students get back on task. The proximity technique has been a great technique and has helped me very much throughout the first few weeks.

I didn't teach last year. But it has definitely helped me gain control of my classes this year.


Healthcare Science said...

Misbehavior is one of my biggest struggles as well! I wish I had some advice. If I find a good solution I will let you know.

Dr. J said...

Hi Ms. G,
It is always difficult to come in and replace another teacher. It is like they are a "ghost" lingering in your classroom. Stay firm and consistent and you will be continue to be successful. Also, within a year or two the old teacher's students are gone and all your students have come up "your way." It takes a little time :)
Dr. J.