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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?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If I could get a Do-Over

Reflect........Looking back at the last 5 days the outcome has been less than what I had desired. We are currently studying Material Safety Data Sheets(MSDS)and how they are used in the construction industry and the benefits to the worker. I gave the students handouts, a completed and actual MSDS from a government web site on a common and recognizable household chemical(Drano), a Blank MSDS form for them to fill out, and an instruction/worksheet that explained how to fill out the MSDS sheet. I feel like I have given the student to much credit for being able to decipher new materials.I broke the student into work partners and I thought this would take about a day and half to complete. Total time spent on this activity was approximatly 3 days. We would post the msds sheets exactly the way they do on the job site. Every student was to fill out their own sheet and I would grade them and then have them post to the Right to Know Center. It was a drudgery for the student and me. I kept lectures to a minimum and instruction simple. I walked around the room and answered questions. We changed up and went in to the Lab and had nail driving competitions and several other breaks and reward activities. I changed the lesson outline to help facilitate completion of this activity. Completion finally arrived today. hallelujah
What would I change all of IT! I think mabye spend 20 minutes lecturing and 10 minutes reading and 10 minutes quizzing and say its covered and that be it. Frustated and it probably shows.

1 comment:

Eric J said...

Spending three or five days on one activity is a long time for these kids. They seem to have a 5 minute attention span until the next "bright and shiney" thing comes along to grab their attention.

You are right - 15 minutes explaining it, reading it and doing it are probably enough. Many people don't care to know what an MSDS is, let alone how to read or write one... Perhaps just a glimpse and brief tutorial is enough... Maybe not...