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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?

Friday, February 8, 2008

Only Time Will Tell!!

What would you like to "talk about" with your fellow "Bloggers" this week? You have an "open mike."
I am a little concerned about the state's new mandates on high school graduation requirements. I believe that there definitely needs to be a move toward more academic rigor. However I have a concern about the effects this will have on high school's abilities to make AYP, since graduation rates is the major component on which high schools are judged. I think that the state is making a mistake by assuming that ALL students are college-bound and the new requirements may encourage a vast amount to drop out. The "one size fits all" model has never worked (why would we have special education if it did?). Many, many students are going to feel defeated with few options to receiving a high school diploma. My hope is that all students will be able to attain the mandated standards, but I feel that the new path will fall short of their expectations. Educators need a variety of ways to prepare their students for the real world; for some, that doesn't mean a post high school four-year degree.


Jessie H said...

I couldn't agree more. Well said.

Connie said...

Yes, I agree too. I think we will definitely see more drop-outs. And then how will these students support themselves? All sorts of society issues here...

Julie J. said...

Very well said Gary! I wish more people would see it this way!