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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?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fried Chicken (post for March 3 2013)

As I read the question for the blog this week I thought about teaching high school. In the classroom a slip of the tongue is very hard to recover from. You always have at least one class jester that is ready to make something innocent into the funniest thing they have ever heard. Even when you thought no one was paying attention suddenly the rooms fills with laughter. It can be especially difficult when you have a diverse demographic and words have different meaning in another culture.

We use questions to check for understanding, provoke thought and maintain interest in the subject. We have to know what answer we are looking for and the potential answers too. A friend sent me a joke that explains it well. I will share it with you below.

A Little Boy Fried Chicken And His Teacher

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”
She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone
else in the class laughed.
My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken
is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher probably loved animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.
Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office. I told him what
happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.
I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she’d asked the other
children. So I told her it was because you could make them into fried
She sent me back to the principal’s office again. He laughed, and told me
not to do it again. I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest,
but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.
I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I am now..

Never ask a question that you do not want answered. Who said teaching is easy? Gotta love it.


Theresa Kuhn said...

Ken- I absolutely loved your blog! You could not have done any better than with this example. I am still chuckling and am now thinking back on how many times my students laughed after I made a statement about something in the lesson plan and I did not understand why. I would just smile, pause and go on with the lesson with the plan to figure it out later. I find that yes, there is always the class clown that is not forgiving of any slip of the tongue or the wrongly phrased question and will not only make something innocent into something funny but also into something inappropriate. This sends the class into peals of laughter and sometimes triggers some very interesting conversation that I try and turn into a moment of learning. I also agree with you as far as that it can be difficult when you have that diverse demographic situation that you mentioned and would add it can be difficult due to the generation difference as well. What we think as inappropriate today is not the same for them. That is sometimes the source of my confusion. Bravo to your blog this week!

Ken said...

Thanks Theresa