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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?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Of everything I did this week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again, and why?" 

I feel like I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go with my classes.  But, building the curriculum, the lessons, the worksheets, the activities, just about all of it, is so time consuming.  So, I just keep chipping away at it, keeping everything with notes and just keep building.  I am always adding to my lessons, trying to make them the best that they can be.  

So, to answer the question, I think everything I've done in the last week I would do differently if I had the chance to do it again because I am always trying to learn something to make each lesson better.  I am not at the point where I am happy with my lessons... I may not ever be happy with them, at least in my mind.  But, I am doing a lot better today in my class than I was this time a year ago.

Then again, I really hope that I can say that every October 20th, for the rest of my teaching career.


JC said...

I feel the same way. It's kind of tough designing 90 minutes of activities 5 days a week. I'm in the struggle to

SD Curry said...

I feel you on that Tuck. I have had some of the same moments. It will get better and you will have your rolodex of activities and plans available at your leisure.