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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, December 7, 2009

Student Dynamics

The most important thing I've learned about my students this semester is the mix in your class makes ALL the difference. At the beginning of the semester, I would have told you that my first block class was my worst class. They talked all of the time. They still talk all the time. But, they achieve all of the goals that I have set before them. At the beginning of school, I would have told you that my third block class was going to be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong! I have one student that doesn't want to be there and he has gravitated all of the complainers around him. They try me every day. I have two students in that class that love me to death. Their undying love they show in words and deeds. One of them brings me an apple from lunch EVERY day (Some of this is real. Some of it is being sarcastic.). Today one of them made me a sign in paint that had "I" with a heart "Mr. Maynard" and hung it on the back of my door. You might say they are the only ones keeping me alive during third block. Fourth block has been even kill the whole year. They do what I ask and are ready to go when the bell rings. Not a whole lot of be quiet or get to work, but yet not a whole of great product coming from them either. Very middle of the road. So, again, the most important thing I have learned about my students this year is the make up of the class makes all the difference.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Dwayne - very interesting, so sometimes we are glad to see the semester end and other times not. And one of the overall rythms of teaching is that we start over regularly with a new batch, and, with experience, learn how to stir the chemistry to get a good mix. Keep stirrin'!