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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?

Monday, September 29, 2008

A Learing Strategy FLOP!

I experimented with the Read and Run learning activity. I found that this does not work in my small classroom. It was almost a disaster. The students that I thought were in the “best” class (my advanced level) to utilize this strategy were also not capable of self control. Because of space, I could not use the rows that Ms. Hayden demonstrated with the chairs at the end. Instead, I put the desks in groups of 4 and used the whiteboard tray to hold their stapled questions. I made sure all book bags were out of the floor and set to the side. I explained the game and students repeated the directions and my expectations; however, as soon as I said “go” the students were extremely competitive and what sounded great in the beginning almost turned into a disaster. Students were cheating, bending the rules, etc. I had some groups take it seriously with well written responses using patience and good research skills, while other groups tried to write what they assumed to be “common sense” answers which were not in their content packets. Groups were placed but with the high number of special needs students coupled with the very small space, this activity proved to be more than they, myself, and my paraprofessional teacher could handle. Can anyone suggest another activity that would cover a large amount of material in a 90 minute block that isn’t a Power Point presentation?

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Erika, in my legal / ethical unit for healthcare I divide the students into groups and they must choose a legal / ethical issue to present to the class. You could divide your topic among the groups. Students are encouraged to be creative, and in the past utilized some of the following ideas: debate, powerpoint, skits, videoing other students in the school to get their response about an issue, and court case role play. Some of these ideas may work for you depending on your unit. When I allowed the students to choose how they wanted to present (with supervision) they blew me away with their ideas. Some of the topics discussed were abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and animal testing. I did this at the end of the unit so they had a good background knowledge but they were required to expand on the issue. Hope this helps.