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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?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

"In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

     As of late I have been thinking about what we learned in NTI this Summer, and all the elements that I wanted to incorporate into my classroom this year.  While this year has been much better than the last, I still feel like I am falling short in certain areas.  My colleague had surgery at the beginning of the school year and getting substitute teachers is something close to an act of Congress.  Needless to say, I have inherited his classes, and I'm not complaining but it is hard to provide the attention and structure my actual classes that way I want.   
     Looking back at this last week and in preparing for the future, one thing I want to do differently is my response to behavioral disruptions.  I haven't completely lost it, but I've noticed some sarcastic responses of mine when trying to manage both classes.  As a result (behavior breeds behavior) I have received some sarcastic responses from students.  I talked to them after class and we came to a mutual understanding, but those are talks I want to avoid in the future.  Using the language of choice seems to work pretty well, however, proximity control works on very few at Clarkston High School.  Classroom management, specifically responding to behavioral issues, is what I plan to change starting next week.


Wade Thomison said...

You and I must have endured the same type of week. My thought process versus my verbalization skills were very poor this week. I feel your pain brother.

Mical St.Clair said...

James I am working on my responses as well. I am very sarcastic by nature and I find myself responding with witty comebacks at times and because of what I learned in NTI I am working on changing the way I react to issues in my classroom.