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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 26, 2009

Pass the mic...

"Open Mic" is a great topic for me this week, as I am going to reflect on a conversation my team teacher and I had the other day. That's right, my team teacher is back, which grants me a bit of a planning period - more to come once she is totally caught up with what is going on and takes over her class completely. So, back to Open class is fun. My kids are fun. We laugh. My team teacher and I, along with some of our students, were talking about some old rap songs in preparation for a music video project. I mentioned how our class is the only classroom in the building where "Outkast" or "Slick Rick" could be the legitimate answer to a question. Haha! Today I will try and write some higher level questions to how the No Limit movement changed the music video scene.... :)

The worst day at school is never as bad as the TV station. I get paid more. I work less. I meet the most interesting students and teachers. I like, love, enjoy my job. Life is good.


ZELDA said...

I use to do shows with Slick Rick, Run DMC yes I was a rapper back in the day.I had one album out did shows with salt and Pepa and MC hammer. I have pics and posters I even have a old song on google but I will never tell the song. My daughter found the song and put it on her my space page. LOL LOL that should be a fun project. You can use that to teach the students maybe they will learn something good.

Dr. M said...

I'm not believing what I'm reading here. Not only am I smiling about Bruce's post, but Zelda . . . ?! How come I did not see you bustamove when I observed your class . . . talk about a set induction! Great posts and comments, and, yes, isn't learning more fun when it is fun?

Hal said...

Man I feel you Bruce. When all things are clicking at school I'm in the greatest mood. Although I will say I've never worked harder in my life, but that's only because I want to make it the best I can. Plus you and I both know that our workloads were slightly different back in the day. You would edit, and I would play on the internet! One thing I do miss about the station is the adrenaline rush of a production. I do the best I can to introduce that high pressure, tense environment to the students. First of all it's important to learn how to operate under those circumstances, and's just plain old fun.