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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, November 9, 2008

This week, Nov. 3-7

Well, this week has been hectic. We are getting students signed up for the Skills USA competition and also getting ready to sign up juniors for their senior schedules. Most of my classes are going well. I'm still struggling with students doing classwork and homework. There is no drive in them. Most students that I have that aren't doing their work say they can't write and hate reading. I don't know what happened to them in middle school, but I don't understand why a 10th grader can't write a half page essay on anything! It was a lot different when I was in school. Students never complained about work, or argued with teachers. I remember writing research papers all of the time, even in jr. high school. By the time I was in high school, I could write a seven page term paper on some really boring history topic in only two evenings, maybe three. I'm trying to push the magazine article summary essays in my class, and some have no problem doing them. But, last week, out of 98 students only five students turned their essays in. I was shocked! Well, I hope everyone else's week is going good. See you all Monday!

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Andrea - great to hear about Skills USA coming up - hope you have many students involved and also that they have success in the competition and other events. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Have you tried generating interest in writing by tying it in to job requirements. Remember also that you have students who, by and large, may struggle with writing, so having them write as they would at an auto shop may force them to realize the necessity of writing in the auto business, thereby motivating them to apply themselves. Technicians must write service reports and often complete similar documents, so students should be required to do the same.

Also, if you have students coming to you for extra credit, or makeup, writing assignments can be one method of earning such credit. It may be a motivational thing with your non-writing students, so make sure they know the grading rewards for completing writing assignments. Keep after them!