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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, November 12, 2010

Stuck in a Rut

I agree that it is very easy for teachers to get stuck in a rut. I think it stems from everyone wanting to have a routine. Adults and children alike love and need structure. Students today need differentiation of instruction. Society, school, and life has become non-traditional. We, as teachers, must change with the times to accomodate today's learners.

I have been incorporating more project-based learning into my lesson plans. Students seem to love producing things. Also, I try to shake things up by designing more hands-on activities in the lab. Instead of using a video to demonstrate performing a procedure, I demonstrate it with a student. The students love music and whenever possible, I try to use some familiar songs as set inductions to get their attention.


Freda said...

Hi Pamela, I really like your ideas. You always have different approaches to involve students that they can relate to. The use of music as the set induction is especially refreshing. Not only does it bring in familiarity, but it stimulates an artistic component and students are ready to create.
I have been digressing back to more comfortable and traditional teaching methods. Lecturing is easier for me but not stimulating to the students. Thanks for sharing your approaches and ideas. I definitely plan to incorporate more music. Take care. Freda

Becky said...

Great idea with using the music. I would like to know which songs you use and for what topics. I have never thought of that approch!! I love using others ideas because they change up the old routines! We do alot of projects as well and as a matter of fact, We are already out of construction paper!! Thanks for the idea :)