Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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

Yes, No, May-be So...

I don't think I have been as wrong about my student learning capabilities as I have been about their ability to be trusted. I came into my classroom with the idea and belief that everyone could learn if given the right tools and the proper equipment. After the first semester I quickly learned that to be not true and had to revise my teaching styles. My biggest assumption has been believe my students "know better" when in fact some of them don't. The reasons I believed this to be true were because students today are bigger in stature than students of my youth were, the use of foul language contradicted that of a child, some of their conversations were as racy as the Dayton 500 and they all said the same thing "I'm GROWN". I had been tricked (mentally) into believing they were little adults so naturally I expected them to "know better". It was only after I began to reflect on classroom discussions and their naivety did I realize that these were children that I was dealing with therefore they could learn...with a totally different approach. I was then able to curtail my lessons to fit their needs and levels of understanding. I had to give it to them in an informative way and also in a way that they could go home and relay what they learned to other members of their family as well as community. Thus began the "Mrs. Jackson Free Legal Advice At The End Of Every Lesson As A Ticket Out Of The Door Strategy" that I used to get them to show me what they learned by the questions they asked (or by the ones sent home from their parents). Just in case you were wondering, most of the questions were related to parole/probation/legal aide and so forth...

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