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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?

Friday, September 25, 2009

iBOT Power - The Mind of a Seventh Grader

The first nine weeks of our 2009 – 2010 year is almost over! It has been fast and furious. My seventh grade students have been learning about careers in biotechnology. One of the activities is to visit the website of an engineering company called DEKA. As we explore DEKA developments, students must determine the placement of each development into one of the following categories: fluid management, mobility, power or water. One DEKA creation is the iBOT, an all terrain wheelchair, which can convert the patient in to a standing position. When discussing the iBOT, I had one student at each table stand and look down at other students seated at their table. I asked those seated to imagine never being able to stand and the feelings associated with having no choice in the matter. I asked those standing to think about the feelings associated with standing over someone and the freedom to make a choice. Upon conclusion of this discussion, I asked students to place the iBOT into one of the four technology categories. As you can imagine, students easily placed the iBOT into the category involving mobility. Several students felt the iBOT should be included in the category of power. One student said, “I believe emotional power is as important as electrical power.” I was completely surprised by such a mature statement. I hope to incorporate more discussion into my classroom activities.

1 comment:

ZELDA said...

My goodness the weeks are flying by they told me it flies by when you get older. we are hitting chapter after chapter from bell to bell. It's going so fast.