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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?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hinz-Week 2

My kids have been working on power point presentations as a career exploration activity in which they began sharing last Thursday and Friday. Because of the variation of student learners within my classes, I knew some students would finish their presentation promptly while others would use more time to work. So, I came up with another assignment for those who were finished to move on to independently and also using a computer. I was a little worried that having two separate assignments going on at once would not work because I was afraid that those finished with the power point would not take moving on to the next assignment seriously. Yet, I introduced the new assignment with a set induction that worked rather well and to my surprise, the students worked well within the classroom on two separate assignments.

Also, I was really, really pleased with the power point presentations that were presented lat week. The students did a wonderful job displaying the information that I asked for. They were also respectful to presenters (this is something I always worry about and try to encourage students to do). I am also using the red/yellow sheet from NTI this summer to manage the time during each presentation. That is working well too!


Dr. M said...

Sounds great, Christina, and I really like giving challenging work to those who finish early. You may want to alternate having 'extra' work for these students with using them for 'peer tutoring'.

You will also come to understand as a teacher how many different student activities/projects you can handle at the same time as you gain more experience dealing with everything that is going on in your class. Congrats on your success and keep after it!

Kevin J said...

I implicated the PowerPoint presentation project in my class last week as well and was pleasantly surprised with the detail and pride my students showed in the project. I have found that if I am enthusiastic about the project as well as oversee them and keep them on their mission by offering suggestions and other resources, they seem to go way beyond my expectations as well as there own.