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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, February 15, 2010

Student Evals

I think we all evaluate the way we wish to be evaluated. I am a notoriously lenient grader. I know this, and I am trying to get better at it. I tend to try to compensate by making my tests very thorough, even though I cover the material as much as I can. I think because I have been a person who has been given chances and has been very blessed in life, I tend to pass that on to the students I teach. I also believe that a student that sees their efforts bear fruit will sustain interest and keep trying. I know that this may not be a popular theory amongst teachers, but this is just how I feel. I also make corrections to students papers when I can tell the intent of an answer and try to help them understand their mistakes. So far I have had three students ask me to sponsor their Senior Projects and one that asked me to help her with the writing for her National Honor Society submission. I think the students can see more in me than just someone who is making them regurgitate information, but someone who actually wants them to understand the information presented to them. Don't get me wrong, I know there is definitely a place for strict discipline when it comes to academics. Maybe in the future I will tend to be more rigid. But for now, I tend to like the correct and explain model.


Patrick said...

I couldn't agree more Kennis, regurgitating the information is useless in the long term. They need to be able to apply it. I would rather have to coax the material out of a student's memory in a practical application because then I know that they have remembered it as well as bore the fruit from it in the form of a successfully completed task.

Ant said...

I also agree with Kennis because everyone cannot be straight A students, so I tell my kids everyday "your parents will never say Mr. Jackson is not teaching you something because you are going to learn something before you leave here." In the environment I teach in it encompasses saving lives and academics. Giving these kids things they can use for a lifetime.