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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, November 3, 2016

Disconnect :/

It must be the time of year, but I have had so much difficulty finding my energy these last two weeks. My personal life has been trying, with busy schedules and sick kids, and even having to purchase a new car. I feel that this has really pulled my energy away from teaching.

I have not been as creative with my lesson planning as I have been in the past. Looking back in my last unit, I feel I chose similar activities too often. I have noticed that the enthusiasm of my students has declined a bit, too. I know we are all ready for that week long break at Thanksgiving!

 However, I am really feeling we need to mix things up in my classroom to make it through the next two weeks before break. I plan on spending some time over the weekend coming up with some fun and engaging activities for the last two weeks before Thanksgiving. I also feel like pushing my creativity will help me to re-engage in the teaching process and increase my enthusiasm, as well as my student's enthusiasm.


James Holdsworth said...

I know the feeling all too well, I think it is just that time of the year. Halfway through Week 14 and everyone is burnt out. I felt myself starting to repeat similar activities from unit to unit, and wondering where my creativity has gone lately. Something that helped me was taking a couple steps back, looking at the whole picture, and flipping through our NTI notebook. It was very refreshing to touch up on some activities/strategies/methods we covered over the Summer that I had forgotten about. I'm still nowhere near where I want my classes to be, but taking it one day at a time has shown to be more productive than trying to conquer the world in a night. Hang in there, we will make it through this!

Jessica S. said...

That's a great idea! I think I will pick through that notebook before panning my next unit. I'm sure it will help.