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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?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Evaluations and personal values

When it comes to making my evaluations, I so badly want for every student to be successful. There is no better feeling in the world than to see a child who considers himself "dumb" succeed in an evaluation. I have so many different learning styles and learning levels in my class that I have a tendency to create evaluations that may not challenge all of my students. I have to wonder if I am creating a bit of laziness in my more capable students. That is not what I want to do, however, I don't want to create an evaluation that makes my less capable students feel like a failure. I know that with more experience I will learn to balance this better. Sometimes I feel that the mother in me has a huge impact on my teaching and evaluating style. Sometimes we want to do so much for our children (our own and our students) that if we are not careful we could easily cripple them and create children who are unable to think for themselves. I aim to work harder to create the most reliable and valid evaluation process that I can.


Suzette said...

Hi Tonya,

Thanks for sharing your feelings on the evaluation methods. I am a supporter of the rubric. A well defined rubric gives each student the opportunity to rise to the highest level of evaluation and expectation. When developing the rubric, over analyze the steps and place them on the rubric in elementary fashion. Structuring the rubric in this fashion will allow each student the opportunity to excel to the level that they focus on. For example--paragraphs-Points will be awarded based on the following, sentences with errors will not be considered:
-5 pts= 5 sentences
-4 pts= 4 sentences
-3 pts= 3 sentences
-2 pts= 2 sentences
-1 pt= 1 sentence

Spend time educating the students on your expectations of a paragraph. I would place second criteria into the rubric to evaluate sentence error. Small segments of information may improve student focus and improve student outcome and overall confidence. I found early in the year that students did not recognize the value of a rubric. Therefore, we have to spend time educating them on how valuable the document is in their success.

Thanks again!

Angel said...

Hello Tonya,

I enjoyed your post and I must say you took the words right out of my month. As for evaluations I tend to create evaluations that may not challenge all of my students as well. I'm sure we will be able to learn how to balance. You are right about wanting to do so much for the students as if they are our children. I hope the students learn something at the end of the day.

Penelope said...

Tonya. I am so in agreement with you. I can see that just as I did, you entered this teaching profession because you care. I want all of my students to be successful. I too have students from different backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, students that have different leaning levels and styles as well. All of this has to be taken into consideration when planning lessons, and with making our different types of evaluations. I did decide to change my tests. I expected all of my students to read the chapters and that is how I mainly made the tests, as if they had read the chapters. But I had to realize that no matter what I did and how much I preached, they are not going to read. So I decided to make the test based on the important information in the chapters that I want them to retain. When they go into their future healthcare programs, they will learn all of the other stuff that I really wanted to teach them. Once I looked at it this way, I began to calm down more and decrease my own stress. I also agree with you statement that we can to things to cripple our students as well as our own children. I have some further re-evaluation to do as well.

Dr. M said...

Ecellent post, Tonya, and comments from your colleagues are more to the point than I can add!

Dr. M