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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?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Testing... Testing... Check one... Check two...

Well… I am a new (first year) teacher. I am enjoying it thus far; however, I have been struggling with my time management when it comes to my classroom and getting my students on track and encouraging them to do the classwork that requires reading and writing. When students come in the class, I do my transfer in, then my bell ringer. After my bell ringer, I start my lecture. My students murmur and complain about the lectures and taking notes. It’s like they hate to listen, read and write.  Well I started giving them guided notes so they can keep up with me. I give them fun work sheets to do that will help test their knowledge; however, they complain about doing work sheets. I think they think my class is supposed to be the talk and have fun class and I have to constantly remind them that it is not. I feel like they have no self-motivation when it comes to doing class work. I end up spending more classroom time on encouraging them and telling the how important it is to read and write because they will be doing that for the rest of their lives. I look up and it’s almost time to go and they haven’t completed the work sheet. I need some suggestions on how and what I can do different. Every day can’t be a lab or courtroom day. Please help me. I need suggestions.

1 comment:

wade owens said...

Same goes for me all my kids what to do is go to the lab, they don't see the importance of the classroom in construction. What I have done these last few weeks is assigned a topic and have them create a presentation for the class so that they teach the lesson instead of me. Each group is assigned a different topic and have 4 days to work on presentation in class and present on Friday. This week they will be given a section form the book to read and using text anointing take notes and discuss with there neighbor, reread and then fish with a whole class discussion.I hope this gives you some ideas, the first year is hear it gets better from here.