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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?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Good teaching and uniqueness

I would like to answer the second question first, like Tonya did. The reason why each one of us is unique is that each has DNA that is uniquely different from every other human being on the planet Earth. From there, one can see that of those people that have taken the profession of teaching, they will, of necessity, have different approaches, different beliefs, different starting points and different philosophies regarding teaching. Their own different experiences in life and in the field of teaching also contribute to the differentiation. Therefore, we should expect that people will have different ideas about what good teaching is. The word "good" itself may have different meanings according to who the person is.

Just looking at the responses of my colleagues in this class, one can run through all of them and pick up very good points that would improve teaching for each and every one of us. Even then, we would probably differ in where we lay emphasis.

Good teaching, for me, means awakening the potentialities inherent in each and every human being. Everything else comes second to that. I may never know that the potentialities have been awakened. I may recognize years later that a student has been positively affected by my teaching. Merely scoring high is not necessarily a good measure of awakening the potentialities, although it is necessary (for purposes of accountability) that we encourage students to perform. High grades also ensure continued growth in one or more fields that the student may choose to follow. The acquisition of good marks without cheating is one of the major aims of education. And so, I would look at the student's longer lifetime to see whether there has been anything that I did or that I encouraged during class that has rubbed off in the student.

In the final analysis, it is the students' contribution to the well-being of society by which we should measure the value of our contact with them. The details of how to achieve this may, indeed, differ from one teacher to another. But the overall goal never changes.

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