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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, October 11, 2009

Test time

Let me first say that my second block class tends to be my most challenging. This group is supposed to be my advanced class Carpentry I. As a whole the kids are not too ill behaved, but are very sneaky and childish for their age. Regularly, they will make every attemp to divert the attention away from the curriculum and activities or just sneak out alltogether. Most have real difficulty reading and most have IEP's. These students are from my predecessors. They even had a substitute for the entire year in my subject two years ago. These students are used to being able to slip out the back and no-one cared. I attempted my best effort to prepare them for a module exam on concrete footings and foundations. We even created a concrete form to better analyze the terms we would be covering. One student passed. I felt terrible. I don't like when my students don't do well. So, I also attempted new methods of approach. When I attempted to root out the lack of connection most of the second block students tell me that they don't care about construction and don't care about the information. Out of the whole class there is only one student who considers the information useful and he is the only one who passed. Very frustrating.


Amy said...

I understand where you are coming from. I find myself questioning what happened when my student's don't do well. It sounds like your heart is in the right place. You appear to really care for the students and want them to do well. I too took over a program where there was a long-term sub for over 2 years. Before, I came the students literally wrote definitions and did word searches everyday. When the sub tried to "teach" them something, the information she told them was a flat out lie. I think, if you just keep up what you are doing, the students will eventually come around. They may surprise you and end up being your best class! However, with that being said, don't beat yourself up too much. You can't save everyone and you just have to hold on to the ones you can...see the positive in the little successes.

NATE said...

The only thing you can do, is to do your job to the best of your ability. I have students that sya he same thing. "I dont want to be a cop!" It is frustrating when NOBODY passes a multiple choice test that I gave the answers to 3 days ago!! I have come to the point several times where I thought that "If you don't care, then I don't either". Then I relized that these are children that thing they know everything but don't know NOTHING. You can and will reach someone.