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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, October 12, 2015

Week 6

Open mic...

Wow, I can not believe this semester marks the half-way point of this year. I am so ready for the semester to be over. I am excited to utilize the information that we have been learning next semester. Since I was not in the Summer NTI portion I really started the year off on the wrong foot. I had students doing group work the very first week of class. I see some of the mistakes that I have made and will fix them next semester. I have tried to implement some of the lessons I have learned into this semester but I feel like I am fighting a battle. I know next semester I will focus on classroom procedures and rules for the first two weeks. I hope building a strong foundation on procedures will really help my classroom run smoother. It has been so tiring still trying to gain control of the classroom. I am so excited for 2016 NTI session so I can learn even more!

1 comment:

T Watts said...

It's really hard to change established behavior... And it's almost as hard, if not harder, to establish behavior when you aren't really sure what behavior you are trying to establish.

But you are on the right path. Look at what you want to change and then make note of it and change it. You can even be trying things as this semester winds down, seeing what works, what doesn't, or what you can do to maybe get things through to the students. Always learn. I don't know that you ever really have this teaching thing down... the kids are always different and you've got to have a arsenal of things to choose from. There simply isn't one thing that always works.

Keep adding things to the tool box... and use them. Modify them. Ask the some trusted students what is working and what isn't. They'll usually shoot straight with you. And you can even get them to give you ideas of what other teachers are doing.

I think that is a huge drawback to all of this. You are sort of in a vacuum. You don't get the chance to see what other teachers are doing. You can ask for advice or ideas, but it would be nice to be able to see others teach on a regular basis to pick up ideas.

Anyway, just keep fighting that battle. It's a good fight. And you are probably winning far more than you could ever realize. We all are.