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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?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

This past week of teaching was especially rough as I have 21 students now, as opposed to the 12 that I used to have.  One student in particular is quite disruptive due to her emotionally disturbed behavior and outbursts.  Dealing with her behavior problems take away from the instruction for the class.  I spent way too much time attempting to deal with this student's disruptive behavior and I should have just written her up in the beginning of class, had her removed and given my other students the time that they needed.  It can be somewhat difficult dealing with 100% special needs students because you cannot utilize the same behavior strategies as in general education because everything has to be based off of their IEP and BIP.  So in all, I just wish that I had dealt with the distractions much better so that the remainder of the students could get as much instruction as possible.

1 comment:

James Holdsworth said...

I know the feeling all to well of wishing I had handled a situation better than I had. I can also relate to you trying to follow the IEP's. Although my students are not 100% IEP/504, I still have quite a bit of them that are. I working on the way I react to behavioral issues without denying the rest of the class the time they deserve. The best advice I can give you is to take it one day at a time. We have a habit of beating ourselves up more than we should, but we are human as well. Just look forward to making the next day better than the one prior.