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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, October 26, 2008

Activity that Did Not Work

I was teaching my Level 1 class about the healthcare delivery system.  In particular, I assigned homework last Wednesday that the students were to bring to class on Friday and use as their entry into class.  Only 2 students handed it to me upon entry - out of 2 classes.  Most did not complete it.  I ended up allowing them time in class to complete it.  I think I'll take off points for the students who did not complete it prior to class.  Hopefully this will show them that the activity was serious and worthy of completion. What I'm disappointed about was the fact that I reminded them each day that they should bring the assignment as entry into class on Friday.  Also, I never give homework assignments, so I'm disappointed that the one homework assignment they have, they did not complete.  No one said at that time that they had computer issues at home or any other issue that would prevent them from completing the activity.  One student even commented, "why would I want to complete it if I could have the chance to NOT come to class on Friday.  I reminded him of the alternative to coming to class - office, ISS, etc.  It would not be a free day.  Of course, he was one of the students who did not bring it to class as instructed.  I think when I try this again, I will stress the consequences of not completing it as instructed.  INstead of using the class time to discuss the individual comments, we used it to continue research and was not able to have the discussion (which would have led to an additional review for their test on tomorrow).

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Georgette, typically not giving homework, then giving it was unfair! Just kidding, but I bet that's what the students thought. I would try homework again, tell them expectations up front, then hold to it. If the consequences are a zero for late work then give it. I tell my students that in medicine there is no room for "I'll just do it later" or better yet "I won't do it at all". This can be a hard lesson, but one worth enforcing.