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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 4, 2010

Judging Students

This one is a really hard question for me. I always try to go into a situation not prejudging someone. You are asking me to think of a student that I had already decided on abilities on what they would have before I taught them. But, I truly don't do that. I have a completely open slate when each child walks into my room. Now there are students that I have been concerned about being a disruption to my class, but there have never been learning issues. I have been training adults as well as students for many years. Going into the situation, I always assume that they don't understand what I am talking about so that I will use plain terminology and not industry words in the beginning. But, I have never "assumed" a student cannot learn.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

I must say Dwayne, I wish I would have had teachers like you when I was in school. I have a pretty severe social anxiety problem. I was the class clown because of it. I did not really want to be disrespectful or disruptive. I just had to act out in a way that let me have some influence over the room. If I was guiding the class in some way, it did not feel like the walls were closing in anymore. To be funny and make everyone laugh was my coping mechanism. I see this in some of my students. So, I use it to the classes benefit. By not prejudging, you are keeping the door open to more readily understand this type of student. Kudos to you, my friend.