Friday, December 10, 2004

week 7

Another term drawing to a close...we have some virtual tours, a lot of music; in sum, a mixed bag, success and failure, fear and conquering of fear; professional English and somewhat haphazard, technology-induced missteps. The process is one of learning to present in both a new culture and a new medium, and it's more difficult for teachers who are not comfortable in the new medium and in some cases have no intention of becoming that way....but hey- it's a new world...we who have entered at a time when we have to write "a href" in order to make a link will soon be the old-timers.

For an all-around interesting group of students, this time go to AE1 and start going into students' weblogs; there's good music all over the program; the best virtual tours are still coming, but Istanbul and New Orleans in my book are pretty good...take a look! Mine is Carbondale, but I'm still working on it...enjoy!


Blogger BT said...

Betty Tesh here with a few hints for New Teachers...

You're going to be a great teacher. You've got knowledge, enthusiasm, desire, motivation. What you don't have is experience.

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As a new teacher, you won’t be doing battle with a supreme Evil like Sauron or traveling into the Cracks of Doom like Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, but like those two Hobbits, you are ‘expected to find a way...’ (Book IV, Chpt. 3) A way to make learning fun, but keep control of the classroom; a way to reach thirty different children with thirty different learning styles, a way to teach whole-heartedly while fielding a barrage of forms, procedures, expectations and instructions.

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