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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, November 28, 2010

Open Mic 1

I have done a lot of thinking about teaching during the break (but not working!). I keep thinking about my students and how they are great young individuals that need much more than students had decades ago. It seems that students at my school rely on objects (ipods, money, food, brands...) to feel good about themselves and identify them amongst others. I'm only 30, but in HS, there was one student with a pager that I knew of. Maybe I'm just frustrated that students would rather listen to songs they've heard a million times than learn something new. I think these students need to have involvement in organizations so that they could have more identity away from what they wear in the halls. I see that parent involvement is diminishing due to time of parents working, but schools should encourage or even demand that students participate in clubs. I think this will create school unity and pride that my school needs. I coach, and see athletes giving up way too easily when times get tough. When some students have no encouragement from home, I think schools should require students to participate in at least 1 extracurricular activity to teach the youth to stay involved.

1 comment:

Rod said...

I could not agree with you more! They definitely could use some social time with other students. That way they can experience something positive with others. And it will allow them to explore avenues that would not have known about. I have also noticed a lack of school pride. They say they can multi-task, but I can't believe they are taking in all of the information needed to know to make an informed decision. Then they blame someone else when the wrong decision is made.