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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, April 11, 2010

Assumption #2

This was a hard question for me last week. But now that I have to write on it again, I have had more time to think about it. I would say my assumptions have been that I believe that a student can do more than they are truly capable of. I have students that show up to my class and talk as if they are ready to make outstanding videos. I have learned that these students truly do not have a clue of what it takes to make professional videos. They are a youtube generation that think because something is funny or scary or disgusting, it has entertainment value. I will admit, youtube clips can be fun to watch, but very few people have ever made a living unless they do it right. So, I start the semester all excited about the student, but quickly get deflated when I realize they will not take the time to do videos properly. I try to teach storyboards and all they do is whine that it is a waste of time and that they will bring back a great product if I will just let them go film. They don't want to take the time to edit the video and sound properly. I hear things like, "Nobody would ever notice it but you Mr. Maynard." I know I am a perfectionist, but as in any other career, the quality of work is in the details.

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