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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, February 14, 2010

The Check-list Chick!

As many of you are aware, I have experience in the field of health care that spans greater than 20 years. My experience pre-dates my high school graduation. As a health care employee, I have always been given a series of steps to complete tasks in a proficient manner. This began with a schedule of what time the ice and trays were passed out to the nursing home residents. The daily assignment also included the time that all residents should be tucked in bed. As a nursing student and early in my career as a Registered Nurse, every procedure learned was based on a technique that had been scientifically studied and proven to be the best method to the designated outcome. My final career exploration prior to the classroom was as a clinical research professional. This career was centered on a list of Inclusion/Exclusion criteria. Subjects enrolled in all clinical trials are to meet the Inclusion/Exclusion criteria 100%, prior to the enrollment in a clinical trial. The Inclusion/Exclusion criteria was presented as an elaborate check list consisting of color coded boxes indicating that a subject did not qualify for study enrollment if this box was checked. My career has been dominated by a check list of some sort to evaluate how well a job was executed.

I walked into NTI the summer of 2009 without a clue in the world what a the letters—R U B R I C meant. I quickly realized that it was a tool that I had used over and over again to complete tasks in an efficient and effective manner, the familiar check-list. The use of the rubric for the evaluation of student work gives the student a plan for success. It is the student’s responsibility to use the tool to develop the product based on the guidelines listed on their personal check-list. As a professional, I have found the rubric to be a friendly support in the success of my educational endeavors. As a parent, my first questions to my children center around the criteria listed on the assigned rubric. As an instructor, I develop a step-by step check-list that walks the student down the pathway of success. I value a complete product. I value knowing what is expected of me prior to executing a plan. I value the success of completing a task the way it designed to be completed. I feel that a rubric gives each student the opportunity to seize the success that I hold in high esteem.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Suzette - great analysis and explanation of the benefits and use of rubrics - well said!

Dr. M