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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

My Evaluation and My Values

Since we have been talking about evaluations, I have had to do some thinking and re-evaluating of myself. I believe and stand for honesty, integrity, excellence, and high morals and values. I failed to realize how my presentation/teaching skills could affect the evaluation of my students. When we discussed this in class, it was like a light bulb came on. I need to not only evaluate my students but also evaluate myself. I can't just think that something is wrong with my students. I had to realize that I need to improve in some areas as well. I work with a student population that come from varying levels of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. I have to take this into consideration when I lecture, give homework/classwork assignments, as well as tests and projects. Students learn at varying levels and I need to make sure that I am accomodating to all of them, the higher level as well as the middle and lower levels. From my heart I want all of them to be successful. When they leave the high-school, they represent me. I appreciate the constructive criticism that I received from this lesson. I also appreciate having the opportunity to work on the areas in my life and in my teaching that need improvement.


Dwayne said...

Yeah, I know what you mean Penelope. There are so many times in our classes that the light bulb comes on and most of the time it is me realizing that I am doing something wrong. I agree with you that realizing that diversity of your class goes a long way. We have learned that just evaluating through tests is not the best method for our courses. Seeing a student's work from the semester from tests, homework, group assignments, and participation in class gives us a better understanding of the student's grasp of the subject matter. I have personally gone to only three tests per semester. I do not give quizzes. I give daily grades on participation and work ethic. I learned my first year that just giving grades for group projects allowed a lot of students to slide through my class with little to no work. Making this adjustment after NTI this summer has made all the difference in my classes.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Penelope - your self-reflection on your own teaching goes to the heart of our blogging. As usual you are right on the money - very thoughtful!

Dr. M