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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, October 31, 2015

I have learned a lot about teaching so far this semester.  Like most everyone else in the class I was pretty much given the keys and some materials from the previous teacher and thrown, so to speak, into the classroom. I have learned that activities that you think maybe really fun and engaging do not work well in the classroom and other activities that you think may not work tend to be great. I am in the process of learning to not be so up tight on perfecting my teaching and trying to relax and be easier on myself and know that I will get better with time. I have also learned that no matter what you are teaching in the classroom at least one student will be there to complain about the assignment. I am working on not getting dragged down by their negative energy and just keep teaching for the ones who are really there to learn.


T Watts said...

And you know, to take what you said a step further, things that don't work today, may very well be a success tomorrow or even from class to class. You can even ask trusted students to give you feedback on what you could have done differently to make the lesson more effective. Sometimes they want to just do it and figure it out and other times they want you to guide them.

I have also had to learn how to deal with kids with negative energy. Some I handle well, some not. I guess you are always that way. You can't motivate every student and you can't be prepared, I don't think, for every situation a kid can bring into your class. You can just do the best you can do. Like the lessons not working from day to day, what works with one kid in one situation may not with the next.

And yes, you will get better in time. Don't expect too much too soon. Just keep learning, keep trying things, keep making those connections with students because they more than likely won't come back to you in thirty years and say that they appreciated you for teaching them how to take blood pressure readings... they will say they appreciated you guiding them, being a role model for them, or just loving them. The other stuff is just icing on the cake.

SD Curry said...

I would say keep going for it. Things will get better each day. I agree with Tuck and just keep learning and trying each day. I am doing the same thing. Some days are good and some are bad. You are going to have the students that will appreciate everything you have taught them and that is what matters the most. The others will come around eventually. If not, they will move on to something else. Continue doing a great job!!!

toothpik said...

Summer is coming and it will be a TREMENDOUS HELP to you!! Hang in there!! :o)