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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

Week 1 Reflection - Jessica S.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..."
Currently we are about 3 weeks into the school year (crazy to think we are nearly a quarter through the Fall semester already!). I have had a really good start to the school year, and have implemented many things I learned from Summer NTI. 

One of the things that has been most successful and beneficial to my classroom has been the approach I took to teaching classroom procedures and behavior expectations. I decided to dedicate the first 3 to 5 days of the school year to a program "orientation." During this time, we discussed procedures specific to my classroom, covered the syllabus, use of Google Classroom, and employability skills. 

I believe that taking the time to communicate clear expectations has helped this year get off to a smooth start and I have had very few issues with transitioning activities or behavior problems because of it. 

Additionally, having the clear expectations posted both on the wall with my poster and in the syllabi for my courses allows me to frequently reference the policy when behavior corrections are necessary. It has made classroom management a much more seamless part of my job, and has given me more time and energy to focus on instructional activities. 

I'm looking forward to learning even more new methods this Fall and my continued growth as a professional educator. 


Yvonne Goodson said...

I too, make frequent references to my posted expectations and syllabus that each student was required to read and sign.

Thank you again for sharing your note taking power point slide with me!

I am looking forward to sharing more things between each other throughout the course of this school year!

Dr. J said...

You are doing it right! I am so glad to hear this. You will be a role model to other CTAE teachers in your school. I like the word "orientation" that you used. Sort of like employee orientations at health care facilities.
Dr. J.