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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?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Challenge this week

The challenge I am have this week is getting all my grading done. I have a stack of written journal articles to grade (required by the county to incorporate reading and writing in all content areas), quizzes for medical terminology and abbreviation, summative unit tests, and many miscellaneous worksheets students have filled out that go along with watching videos, to charting vital signs, to writing descriptions of wound beds, etc. I feel that if I don't have a product required to be turned in by the student then they will not work. Also, truly, I am worried that if I have nothing to show that proves I used various methods to get the knowledge to the students then I will be found at fault for poor grades. I know that everything does not need to be graded but I am having a hard time deciding what should given a grade out of all that work. In our grade book we have three categories: formative (25% weighted), summative (60% weighted), and informal (no weight). I never actually enter anything in under informal because I am so backlogged by putting formative and summative in. I am wondering, though, if I should be entering informal assignments and then the questions is how do I evaluate those. I feel I spend my time wisely. I often spend my entire planning period grading, lunch grading while I eat, and grading after school. I end up having to actually plan lessons at home and have been very short on sleep this week due to that. I am exhausted.

1 comment:

Grummer said...


I understand exactly what you are going through. I have incorporated a few ideas to streamline things. For any quizzes or tests, I use the website This is a web-based testing site. I create the questions and the answers, then the students log in, take the test, and their grades can be dumped directly into my gradebook! For the video worksheets, I pull the ol' pass your paper to a neighbor, and we grade them as a class. I absolutely check over the grading, but it goes alot faster when you are not writing on each paper.

I hope this helps a little!