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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?

Monday, September 7, 2015

This is what it is all about!!

What was the moment or moment(s) this past week when you felt most connected, engaged, or affirmed as a teacher - the moment you said to yourself, "This is what being a teacher is really all about"?

The light bulb moment with me this past week that let me know this is what teaching is all about is when one of my classes was so excited about playing the Kahoot it game. 

Those students was extremely excited, I laughed out loud with joy because they were trying so hard to be competitive with each other, glad to see their name in the top five, and amazed at how much they remembered over the past few weeks.

For me, I realized that this struggle is truly paying off. They are retaining information and enjoying it along the way.

I had another moment, when the students were presenting their presentation and one group truly nailed it, the PowerPoint, the oral presentation, eye contact, volume and how the whole class participated in the discussion.

I could barely contain myself!! I had a great 2 days with that class...

1 comment:

T Watts said...

I used a game, too, and I noticed that even kids that kind of zone out were really involved in the class. The Friday before we left for Labor Day weekend, I made a Kahoot that had about half questions I would use in my class for review, a few more general knowledge questions (like state capitals, names of continents, math questions, etc.) and then some fun questions... like what does the teacher like to be called (Mr. Awesome, Mr. Amazing, Mr. Super-Awesome, Mr. Super-Amazing... with all answers being correct) just to get them laughing.

Kahoot is certainly an asset that the kids respond to.