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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, March 21, 2010

Making the connection.

It is my opinion that good teaching is the result of making good connections to the student population. These connections may manifest in the form of communication styles, classroom setting, and teacher availability. These connections contribute to a conducive learning environment. On Monday, good teaching may consist of providing support and structure by assigning work groups. On Tuesday, good teaching may manifest in the form of listening to individual concerns associated with project completion. Good teaching is not one single element but many fused together. Good teaching identifies the need and chooses the tool required to fill the need.

We each possess different ideas about what "good teaching" is because good is a subjective assessment of teaching. "Good" is defined by the individual as what that individual considers to be positive teaching aspects. Good in one person's mind may be 5.1 on a scale of 10. Good in another person's mind may be in the range of 7-8 on a scale of 10. This subjectivity can lead to unintended pressure on an individual that has a lower expectation for their good teaching strategy if paired with someone with a higher expectation for good teaching. At the end of the day, good teaching is measurable. Good teaching produces a product. If the product does not meet the criteria as specified, good teaching can identify at what level an error occurred and work to improve the outcome.

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