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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?

Friday, April 2, 2010

You know what they say about assumptions...

This was the story of my entire first year of teaching. Assuming that my students both knew and cared as much about video production as I did got me into a lot of problems that would of been avoidable if I'd of known any better. Looking back, I was doing a poor job of marketing my values and assignments to my students. By simply trying to force them to do things I butted heads with a lot of them and created a lot of bad attitudes. One situation comes to mind. I assumed that some of my lower level students were capable of learning Avid, a professional editing program. Before I even got into the specifics of the software, I was beginning to realize that the vocabulary the software used was way over the heads of some of my students. Then, I backed up my "professional vocabulary" with some training videos provided by the software company. Looking back, I realize that those videos were the downfall of the whole thing. I was expecting them to pay attention and care like I cared. I fussed at them for falling asleep and not taking notes. Things got so bad that they didn't seem interested in editing at all - much less using Avid to do it. After talking to another BVP professional, I realized that I should scrap the Avid idea and focus on an editing program that was more intuitive for a teenager to use. I was reluctant, but as I saw the kids embrace the editing process I took on a positive outlook of the future of our program. I learned that the kids did want to edit, despite what I'd thought after the failure of my poorly planned Avid lessons. I also learned that the kids were highly capable editors when given a platform that worked for them. I had made so many negative assumptions about their learning abilities, that when I finally came around, I was pleasantly surprised at what they were willing to learn and the challenges they were willing to embrace. I have spent a lot of time trying to live down the "Avid Obsession"...many students who remember it tease me about it now. The whole situation taught me that, while students are not often the most motivated, it does not mean they are incapable of learning.


Emily said...

I agre with you Bruce. As a new person we are courted into the job, and think that the students willautomacically be drawn intom our awesome profession & enbrace it as we do- not. Knowledge has to be gained , but on their terms- not ncessarily ours. We need learn ousrselves what works for our student populatiuon. They say 5 years,I hope I can outlast the studnets!

Ginger said...


I found your post very enlightening. I realize that I still seem to have the "Avid" problem with my students. I feel like so many things are important and want to force it on my kids to learn. After reading your post, I think I might want to take a step back sometimes and realize what is really important and how I could make it more teenager friendly. I have to remind myself that they are only teenagers and will only learn if they have an interest. If the material is over their heads, then we cannot expect them to grasp it.

Thanks, Bruce.