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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 19, 2008

Non-production: Side effects of the GHSGT

While the juniors and seniors are either taking the test or studying for it the sophomores are taking predictor tests (these tests tell the powers that be whether or not a student may need a study skills class). The predictors, as well as the other testing, lasts for 2 blocks (3 hours). This "down" time seems to have a detrimental effect on the productiveness of students for the remainder of the day. We have 2 more blocks remaining after testing and this will go on everyday this week. It seems impossible to try and get any kind of production out of the students that you have for the remaining 2 blocks. For the most part this whole week will be mostly just babysitting. For the most part the kids aren't going to learn anything. This seems to be the consensus with the vast majority of teachers that I've spoken to this week. We've lost a whole week that we might otherwise have used to teach these kids something of real value. Another point scored for the GHSGT!


TracyF said...

Hey Dwayne I feel your pain. We will start our testing next week and the schedule is absolutlely ridiculous. It is definitely a wasted week for everyone. There is no way we can get anything done. I guess I'll show movies some how related to healthcare all week.

Toni said...


I try to make the best out of bad situation, by making sure I have enough movies for the week. Give the a few questions to answer regarding the moving and call it a day. Tests schedules are a pain.