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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?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What has work and what has not

One thing that has worked well for me is integrating activities with lectures. Teaching the History of Mass Communications to a group of teenagers who are itching to get their hands on a video camera is, needless to say, challenging. By implementing “arts & crafts” activities to help the lesson along has made a big impact. My second year students look at all the colorful student-created artwork all over the walls and ask me, “Why didn’t we get to do cool stuff like that last year?” I simply tell them that I am a “post-NTI” teacher now, and that I learned a few tricks over the summer that I keep up my sleeves. When I had the first years “illustrate” what could happen if the safety rules were broken, it clicked with them. Now they understand where I’m coming from. And they get to see the fruit of their labor every day. The students who actually contributed to my now deftly decorated room feel that they have contributed something to the classroom, and they feel proud of themselves. Besides, every classroom needs a little construction paper, Elmer’s glue, googlie eyes and pipe cleaners.

What hasn’t worked for me? I’m still trying everything in my arsenal as needed. I haven’t had any behavior issues yet – knock on wood. One thing that I struggle with on a daily basis is time management. I’m trying very hard to use my planning period to do just that, but there are so many other things that need to get done as well. When teaching three entirely different classes and skill levels, I find my imagination is growing weary. I like following the lesson plans I developed over the summer, but I have had to deviate a little. I use them primarily as a guideline and come up with daily plans that day. But that’s only for my two classes of first year students. Second years, I have only one class. Not enough students to complete a daily news show and video projects – there’s not enough time. And my third year students – bless them – independent study students. I have to completely invent lessons as I go. I didn’t have this problem last year, as the 2nd and 3rd years were mixed in one class, and they all did the same thing.


RS said...


I think I understand how you feel. I am also dealing with the time constraints as well as many different classes. I have one class where there are three different subjects and I am trying to apply due dilligence. By using group activities and classroom organizations the students are able to assist and they are able to progress through the material. I do understand that all classes are not the same and different technologies are not facilitated the same. I am sure you are dealing with expensive and sensitive equipment that requires close observation. I don't know if classroom organizations and group work would be of assistance but it has helped me with my challenges. I still need alot of preparation time. Good Luck and Hang in there.

Sincerely, RS

Dr. J said...

First, I like your picture when you leave your comments. Nice touch.
We will be working in a saturday session on the multi level classes - so there is more to come.
Dr. J.