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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 10, 2009


As I sat down to think about thhis question, I had to really think hard. We had a short week. I am currently working with my class on proper timing of shots for commercials. I picked four Doritos commercials that were fairly easy for my students to try to recreate. Many of you have seen them I'm sure. The first one had a person in a mouse suit break through a wall. The second had a board meeting where a guy explodes from eating a Dorito from a Dorito tree. The third used a remote control car with a Doritos bag on it. The fourth had a guy looking at a pretty girl and he wrecked. I told the students that I wanted them to match the timing and shot selection of the commercials. Their grade depended on how close they could make this happen. I'm sure at this point, some of you are thinking what the students did, "How am I going to find a mouse suit and bust through the wall? How are we going to make one of us blow up? Do you really want me to wreck my car for a grade Mr. Maynard?" Now to get to the question that the blog asks. As I began to explain how these commercials were created and show them how they could recreate them with home video cameras and our Dell computers, I saw the light come on in a bunch of their minds. As I sat with the leaders in my classes and helped them edit (o\Of course they were done shooting first. That is why I sat with them.) and explain the effects and watch them create them, they got so excited to show their friends in the class and to help other students create the same effect that I had taught them. The learning almost became contagious. It was one of those moments when I felt as a teacher, "I am making a difference." If any of you guys want to see some of these, I will bring them with me on Saturday. Some of them did pretty good.

1 comment:

ZELDA said...

Yeah bring them I want to see them.