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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

Core Values

Evaluations we use with our students reflect common underlying values as discussed in this blog, however, a clear distinction must be made between values and opinions.’s definition of the term values is “estimated or assigned worth”. Opinion is defined as “a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof”. Evaluations, after all, are estimations of assigned worth. A well defined, objective driven learning environment provides necessary structure and continuity for students as well as teachers. Requiring teachers to create a standards based classroom has merit. When standards were developed, educators started by asking themselves what students needed to know. Educators, much like architects, have to start with an idea of an end product, then analyze steps necessary for completion of the project. The blueprint for student achievement begins and ends with reliable and valid assessment of teacher performance and student performance. As teachers, we all value and respect individuality among our students. We value the concept of providing alternative and varied methods of assessment based on learning styles. The majority of teachers also value the concept of keeping an open mind when assessing our own fallibility when creating evaluation methods. Keeping an open, yet analytical, mind when considering student commentary on evaluation methods, may require putting aside preconceived ideas of the teacher always being right. Evaluations we use with our students should reflect core values of creating fair, accurate, and varied assessment of individual students.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Melissa - this is as detailed and thoughtful of a response as I have seen - written like a Master Teacher! Very nice, and thanks for sharing!

Dr. M