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  1. Assignment #3: I took notes throughout the presentation which were helpful in passing the “check for understanding” questions. The format of the questions was effective because it gave us the opportunity to; demonstrate our understanding, go back and review concepts that we may not have understood the first time, show our new understanding if a review was needed, recognize the key concepts/ ideas, be accountable for the presented material, and ensure success for all students. I like that these questions served as a reminder of the opportunities that we as teachers should be providing to our students. Allowing unlimited tries for the questions is a great way to lower the affective filter in students and help build their confidence. After all, success builds more success!

  2. Assignment #2: I really enjoyed the video presentation by Julia Thompson and am thankful for the many new strategies and activities I learned about as a result. I am about to start my second year of teaching so I do not yet have an abundance of resources in my “teacher tool-belt”. I appreciate that rather than just talking about how to motivate and challenge students, she provided us with real examples and applications that are ready be put in place right away! Because there was a lot of information in this presentation, I may have to focus on one thing at a time during implementation.

  3. Assignment #1: The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide was very helpful and informative. The layout is clear, organized, and user friendly, which makes it a resource I want, and plan to refer to in my future teaching endeavors. When reflecting on my own teaching practices, I found that sometimes I would be too focused on the big picture and not place enough importance on the steps to get there. In that regard, the table located on page 203 is very helpful for simple and short activities to incorporate more practice techniques into your lessons. Great book!