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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

If you were not in the Summer NTI, what did you struggle with most during your first weeks of school?

My first weeks have been interesting in the fact that I am new to teaching and am still learning the ins and outs of this experience.
I think the thing that I struggled with the most is remembering all of the processes and required materials that everyday teaching requires. Things like-taking roll, handing out all of my forms to my advisement, remembering that my block schedules are different on Wednesdays because of Advisement. TKES. SLO's. IEP's and infinite numbers of other acronyms which I had no idea what meant! Small things. But as you know small things can become big things if you gather enough of them. I suppose the short answer to this question would be routine. Getting used to the routine was the hardest part I think and not letting my amateur hour antics not disrupt my instruction.  I think that gets easier with time. It has thus far and I have learned enormous amounts in the last 4 weeks than I could have expected. I even sound mildly like a teacher when I talk about school now.


Anonymous said...

Yes....My first weeks have been interesting as well. Agreed so many ins and outs of teaching in a secondary school.
Taking roll for me has been the easiest job for me! LOL So much paperwork and TKES requirements from the school. soooo exhausting. Yes, I also have finished the SLO's in my school last week.
I guess how I handle it is everyday I wake up with a smile on my face, knowing I have a strong lesson plan for the day and hope that it all goes well.
Hang in there!

M Raney said...

@Miss "o"

And yes indeed! Im not at that overwhelmed yet! Im still figuring things out like I said but I love this job! I am having a blast! Does that mean I am doing it wrong? HA!

Dr. J said...

Hi M Raney,
Hang in there. I wish you had been with us this past summer. Dr. Montrois and I will coach you throughout the year. You have a great energy about you and that goes a long way with the students! Dr. J.