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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, December 6, 2009

The light.....

I think I saw a light go off in some of my "Intro" students eyes this past week and they actually began to use common sense and put things into perspective. More often then not the level one students just try to memorize and do what is necessary for a good grade. I am trying to teach them (as I did with level two and three classes prior) that if they try to digest and discern, things will come easier and they will come together for the big picture. It is just like profiling offenders (organized/disorganized etc...) it is part common sense, a dash of "art" and a handful of science. Isn't that how life is? If we use common sense, our personal experiences with factual information everything seems to come together and the light goes on! I guess that is why teaching can be so gratifying, like Courtney said in his blog about a student skipping then texting him. Students cease to amaze us......especially when the "light" goes on! As one of my female students said to another student "Don't hate because I am beautiful, hate me because your boyfriend thinks so." Arrogance, swagger and confidence all rolled into one. Now if only the "light" would come on for her! Ha!


Angel said...

Coach Sly,

I truly enjoyed reading your post. You are so right about the light. I think a few of my students are getting the picture now even though we are at the end of the semester. Well it's better the light came on than not at all. Keep up the good work Coach Sly.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Gary - so were you trying to hide your amusement when you heard your student say that? They do keep life interesting, yes?