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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?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Another Beef about GHSGT's

This week they are conducting GHSGT tutorial sessions in our auditorium for the juniors. I have four juniors in my 2nd block. The problem is I only have a total of 8 students in that class. So, for the remainder of this week they will be in the auditorium all day everyday then next week they will be testing all day everyday. So, that means that I won't see these kids for 2 weeks! When they return to class they will be 2 weeks behind! So for their sake I'm going to slow the pace down to a slow crawl. I don't see where I have a whole lot of choice. Why do they have these "cram sessions" anyway? Can we call this a real "learning process"? Even if they do pass how much of these "cram sessions" will the kids retain after the testing is over? Who really benefits? Truth be known I think the state is just trying to save face on this one!


Julie J. said...

My solution to that was to give them "take home" units to complete by next Friday. We are going to work in the preschool next week since she will be short staffed. I am down to 2-3 a class period next week.

Steven Vinsant said...

No Child Left Behind has good points and bad points. In my opinion these students should be receiving tutoring either in the class or before or after school. Everything stops so that the school can "help" these students, in reality it is to "help" the school stay off the needs improvement list. Don't get me wrong - the students that need help should have the opportunity for remediation - but not at the expense of totally destroying their other classes.