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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

Set Induction

Last week I showed a set induction that was played on CBS News ( 5p-6p) showing.  The topic of discussion was Genetically modified foods and it's affect on the local farmer, the economy and what the government's stance is on biotechnology and biotechnology companies.  This episode brought real world insight on things we have been discussing in class from the unit vocabulary to the economic impact biotechnology companies have on society.  My students were able to write down their thoughts on the video and relate it to previous class discussions.  I think this was the first time they realized that what they learn in class does have some relevance and an impact on their lives.


Sherri said...

Isn't it amazing how powerful it can be for a student to be able to link learning with real world application? It gives what you are teaching them merit. Don't we all want that assurance that what we are spending our time on now will be of significance to our future?

Chef Tiffany said...

Dr. Walker,
So often at the age they are, our students have so many disconnects. Much of what is taught is not relevant to them (in their minds). It is awesome to see things start to connect. I believe that once they start seeing the connections, it draws their overall interest in the class. At that point, some begin to look for ways other things may connect. (At least that is how I was and what I've seen on a few occasions.)