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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

Shocking Observation (Vincent)

This week was really smooth until Thursday morning my upper level courses have entered the topic of Capital Punishment in Criminal Justice we have had interesting activities on the Web, Textbook work and Discussion on who agrees or disagrees with the subject of Capital Punishment. Thursday Morning I set up a Powerpoint to show my class the different types of capital punishment instruments used on Inmates for the last 100 years, Electric Chair, Gas Chamber, Lethal injection, Hangings, Firing Squad etc. While I was doing my set introduction to start the Power point the Projector went out. Immediately my prinicpal walked in the classroom to observe me WOW. My students for some reason understood the problem and immediately started asking me question about Capital Punishment. Some way we ended up using the topic to go into the controversial topic of abortion which had differences of opinions between both male and female students, which also entered into the topic of Brian Nichols the court shooting in fulton county, which lead into the discussion of 18 year high school graduates fighting in Iraq, which lastly lead to the Democratic and Republican candiates and their views on the topics discussed in class and Friday's upcoming debates. My Principal stayed in my class about 20 minutes. Although some may feel we went down a slippery slope in class on all the different topics, I really was proud of my class how they applied the topic of Capital Punishment to everyday current life and topics and how the good discussion made way for some good productive thought when things didn't work out with the Power Point Presentation.

1 comment:

Lori said...

Vincent.... my technology teacher told me "that what can go wrong with technology, will go wrong". Isn't it amazing that at the moment the principal decided to come in, technology failed ! I also think that it is amazing that your students were bright enough to help you out with a lively discussion. It also means that they cared enough about you, to do so. Great job ! After hearing this story...I may buy an extra bulb or so ! LKoser