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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?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Middle Ground?!

Hi everyone. I need advice. I gave a test this past Friday. It contained labeling diagrams (body planes and cavities, and lung)multiple choice and matching. We had gone over labeling the diagrams together in class and even getting the students to come up and take turns doing the labeling. We reviewed with open discussion and questions. The classes participated well and I thought they would do wonderful. I was shocked at the results! Half the classes either passed with an A or high B and the other half failed. (this was my first year students) This was my first test that I have given this year with such an incredible difference in scores. Usually the grades are spread out with maybe only one or two who don't pass. I did not use a word bank for the labeling, but I usually don't use word banks. The scores reflected that the information reached one level of students rather than a common middle ground. What could I have done?


Jessie H said...

Interesting. I wonder if you could moderate a whole group discussion with your students to ask them about how they prepared for the test. My guess is that the half that failed either didn't study or didn't study efficiently. Maybe you could follow the group discussion up with an inside circle/outside circle activity (like we've done at NTI), so that the kids could share discuss/share their test preparation practices with each other.

Julie J. said...

I have had the very same thing happen this week Esther. It's amazing the split between grades in a class!

Perry said...

this was a major concern to me last year and i even went to our vp over vocational and asked her what am i doing wrong. she told me that if she had to bet you could look at lose kids test scores in all their classes and they would all be low...the ones with high grades would have high grades in all their classes..for the most part she was right..while it is our job to teach the students have the job of can lead the horse to water but you cant make him drink!!!