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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, October 27, 2008

What worked, what didn't

Starting off this new school year, I was determined to make learning the History of Mass Media fun and interesting. Last year I heard too many times, "Why do we need to learn about Morse code?" I never really had a good answer other than it is the precursor to radio. This year, I had it all planned out... thanks to our Integrating Technology Daily Lesson Plan activity from this summer. The students were to log on to the computers, pull up a web site and read a page on Morse code. Then they come back to their seats and I give them a worksheet that I devised all by myself on how to translate Morse code. Students were to write a short sentence, and based on the Morse code provided on the sheet, they were to write out their sentence in the dot dash fashion. We would tap out the sentences and try to figure out each others sentence. Cool!

What went wrong? My set induction - a skit from the Jay Leno show about Text Messaging vs. Morse Code that proved Morse is faster than texting - was blocked by our school's network, so I had nothing (until a week later). The computers, having recently been plugged back in due to renovations over the summer, were not working properly. This took up a lot of time. By the time everyone finished reading the web page and started the activity, it was nearly time to go. The students had a hard time grasping the concept of the dots and dashes and how to express them by tapping them out. Basically, I got a full class of blank stares. Sounds like a new Nurse Ratchett scenario.

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