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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

 “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” (by Peter Drucker)

I had one interpretation of this in mind when I first read the phrase and then had a more in-depth interpretation of this when I took another moment to reflect on this in regards to the Health Care Science pathway I am responsible to teach. As a new high school teacher I spend a lot of time developing lesson plans, tests, labs and more. Without prior knowledge that there was an actual model of evaluation, I feel that I did a pretty good job of teaching and then evaluating at all the levels but I have learned through trial and error of content test development that I have not always hit the target. I am now guided by knowing that if I pay attention to the information (purpose), judgment (important outcome) and decision (ultimate goal) levels of evaluation that I will be able to develop better testing tools for my students.  I realized “the error of my ways” at times when upon grading a test I had produced that I periodically had questions that almost all the students failed. This made me realize one of two things. Either I had not taught the material well enough or had asked a wrong question. When reviewing with the students the test itself after grading, I have found more times than naught that I had asked a wrong question. The result then was a wrong answer. Drucker’s quote has pointed out to me that an important key to evaluation is to make sure that I am evaluating what I am teaching and asking it at the student's level of interpretation and understanding - not mine.

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