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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, October 17, 2010


During my first year of teaching I made several assumptions about students. For the week of class, I normally like to go around the classroom to find out as much about the students as I possibly can. There was this one particular group of students who you would consider the high achievers, who always had to have the highest test score and who would challenge the teacher about their grades that were just not motivated to do anything in class if it didn't involve a grade. I assumed that because they made good grades and were concerned about their grades that they would want to be more involved. I tried to get these students to take the lead community projects and be leaders of their class, yet their enthusiasm was more than lacking. These particular students had no "get-up and go" about themselves and it took an act of congress to get them motivated. Their philosophy was if it didn't involve a grade then they didn't see why it was necessary. This type of attitude really puzzled me because you normally see this in other students and I just couldn't understand why they felt this way. This year I have tried to incorporate more types of participation grades and professionalism into the curriculum in order to make them more accountable for being involved. I hope that this will make a difference and show them that life is not all about the grades but it also takes a well rounded individual to succeed in whatever they decide to do in life.

1 comment:

Dustin said...

Involvement is the main thing in CTAE. I get so bugged when my students say, why can't we do that? This is boring... My tests are only worth 15% of their overall grade, but the students still get scared of a test, and goof off in the lab knowing well that their grade in the lab is more important. I've found that forcing them doesn't help.