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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 27, 2016

Kolena Chavers

Something I learned in NTI this past summer that I implemented the first few weeks of school was __the introduction to the student and what they are wanting to know on the first day. This is how it worked, student were glad to know how the class would run and the way they would be graded, and they learned a little about me. It made my new year different by letting the students know more about me and the class, making the student know what is expected.


Jessica S. said...

Same! Having clear expectations from Day 1 really helped smooth out a lot of the bumps in the road I have had in the past. Before teaching my first 2 years and then having NTI, I considered many of the expectations that I covered in Day 1 talks stuff students should already know. However, it has proven so helpful to cover all of those "basics" before it becomes an issue with behavior or procedures.

Suzanne Ward said...

I agree, ladies! I spent considerable time on classroom expectations this year beginning with the first day. My students even made their own posters to represent the rules for each level. Setting very clear expectations early on is already paying off!

Dr. J said...

I think everyone, regardless of age, likes to know the expectations and to know that they are well thought out and not arbitrary or inconsistent. Great post! Dr. J.