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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?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hearing the Heart Beat

Last year, in my second level class, I held most of the lab time for the end of the semester. This was due partly to my own reservations about how the class should be structured and how I would handle 30 students in a less formal setting. This year, I knew to break-up the monotony of academics with hand-on exercises and how that would help the students to persevere through the more academically challenging material. So starting the second week of school, the students were in the lab using scales and stethoscopes. This week, a few lab groups have progressed to the point of attempting to take blood pressures. This is a fairly complicated skill and one that takes a good amount of practice. It can easily be discouraging for a student to observe me doing it and even after multiple repetitions themselves not be able to hear the pulse sound that determines blood pressure. It's that point, when they are teetering on the edge of giving-up, that I stepped-in this week and said, "Let's do it together".  The student and I used a training stethoscope so that we both could hear, and I took the volunteer's blood pressure. I gave a hand signal to signify when I heard the pulse sound beginning and ending. When the students could hear along with me, and then tried again, they could more often hear the sound for themselves. It's that moment, when their eyes light-up, saying in a facial expression so much more fluently than words, "I heard it, I can do this." that makes me say to myself, "Today, I was a teacher." 

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