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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?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Different Strategy

I have 26 kids in my 3rd block class. This is a Carpentry 1 class. I have my share of goof-balls in this class and it's a hard one to control to say the least. As soon as I get pulled to the side to help a student, one or more of the goof-balls are "doing their thing". Sometimes in the shop there is so much ambient noise that I can hardly think. It's hard to focus enough to keep them all on track.
We're short on funds and that makes it a bit more difficult. If I had the money for material I could break them up into more groups. We're working on these small "houses" if you will. They're learning house framing. I've got 2 "houses" going for 26 kids and I need about 6 of them going. I've thought about putting half of the class in the classroom and letting them work on a written assignment and then just switch them back and forth from the shop to the classroom but they just won't do anything If I put them in the classroom.
As you can see I'm a bit short on strategies here. Any suggestions?


Jessie H said...

Talk to Corey Crockett. He is constantly having to juggle things in his program because he only has 3 recording studios, and he needs about 6. I bet he could give you some good advice.

joec said...

Drop the hammer on them if they won't work. Life is full of choices. If the students do not understand their incredible luck landing in your class, explain it to them. They have a right to an education. Your class is a privilege.