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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, October 30, 2009


My 4th block class is my upper level BVP Applications class. I tried to run the class like a workplace for the first nine weeks, and while several things were working....others were not. After attending a professional development meeting, I decided I would make some changes with BVP Apps. This is the first time the class has ever been taught, it has all new state standards, so the expectations are basically unknown because the standards are very generic. The class is setup to facilitate higher end production and professionalism. While my announcements show has been going well, other class productions have been bad. Students have abandoned the basics and want to procrastanate. It is a constant battle to keep everyone busy and producing good stuff all at once. So, in an effort to get things working for all of us, I organized a forum. My students and I all sat down, and in a very organized way began to work through our issues. I was so proud of them for taking the problems we were having seriously. We redesigned our production schedule and all agreed that I needed to revamp the weekly rubric (both the students and I want it to be more strict - WOW!). I got some great ideas from my students, but more importantly I have their support to make the class better - whether it's easy for them or not. This high level class should work together to create and broadcast a great product. Seeing them embrace their role as the leaders and trendsetters of the student body made me feel releived and excited about the future of our program.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Very impressive! Master teacher in the making . . . getting students to take responsibility and direction for their own learning - keep us posted on their progress as they will continue to need direction from you, as you know. Thanks for sharing as you may have given some of your colleagues some ideas!