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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?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Classroom Managers

My most "proud" moment of this last week was not something that I did, but instead it was a moment in which I was proud of my students. This seems really simple, but it meant a lot to me.

After the NTI Summer Semester, I have been working on implementing my lab management plan. Last week I introduced the classroom manager positions with the video and other materials we produced over the summer. For the first time, I am letting students apply for the positions instead of assigning them. I didn't get much feedback in class from the students when I introduced the positions. Another teacher in my department even asked if I though any students would willingly apply for the positions since they weren't being "forced" to do it. I was really discouraged until the next day when I had so many students apply that I ran out of my printed applications. I had to print out more and had a line of students come and pick them up on their way to the bus after school. This sounds so silly, but I was so proud of the students who wanted to give of their time to make the classroom run smoothly. What made me the most proud was that many of my students who have autism or other learning disabilities were some of the first to apply. I immediately assigned students to fill the positions and they are already stepping up in ways I didn't expect. I am so proud!

1 comment:

Yvonne Goodson said...

This is not a small thing at all Anna! I too, am implementing classroom managers, or as I like to refer to them as, interns. I have yet to hire any students to fill the 3 positions I am hiring for. I wanted to first take some time to learn them while also trying to gain insight into their personalities. I am happy to hear you had such a great response from your students, especially those who are autistic. I am also excited to hear about all the wonderful things the chosen ones are going to do, and assist you with!