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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, September 14, 2013

A little of this and a little of that...

One of the greatest tools I have learned to use more and more since I became a teacher is my ability to ask a question. While so many people fail to act, to innovate, to inspire; most, if not all of them fail to do so because they did not ask a question. This is the most basic of all principles of life, and one that our most basic instincts never “forget” to do. If you are hungry then ask for food. If you are cold then ask for warmth. You get the picture.

With this being said, I have found that most of my fellow teachers are a venerable treasure trove of information. Some of their answers are not what I am looking for, and that is okay. I say that is okay because for every answer deemed unimportant I have found a dozen more golden opportunities to help me develop as a teacher.

A few years back when I was just a mere Technology Specialist, I ventured into the unknown with a teacher Who Shall Not Be Named. This teacher wanted to incorporate technology into every facet of his classroom. I worked hard with him, showing the countless Web 2.0 sites that could change the very landscape of his classroom. It was his success and ultimately his “question” that led me to where I am now in my journey as a teacher. Using HIS inquiry I have been able to build upon a firm bedrock of understanding how teenagers use the Internet nowadays.

I can safely say that on my last TKES walkthrough I was given a proficient in the Instructional area of the assessment. The administrator left a comment that had me scratching my head in confusion. He wrote, ‘Demonstrates an extensive overuse of technology in the classroom that keeps students focused at every moment of the assessment.” That word overuse worried me a little, but after asking my fellow teachers what they felt the statement meant made me see it in a whole new light. They want technology totally integrated into the classroom and anyone who is considered using it too much is where they want everyone apparently. So in me asking a simple question to a problem that was worrying me to pieces, I learned that nothing is ever truly as it seems.

In closing, a lesson I learned years ago still lies true today. Ask and ye shall receive…
Mr. H.

1 comment:

Trenton said...

I applaud your evaluation! The fact that you have infused the use of technology in all areas of your class makes me, well jealous, quite frankly. It is a very important aspect of holding the attention of these young minded, computer age natives. I would love to hear some of your methods and styles of teaching. My methods are a hybrid between the old and new school. There are a number of things that I still have not determined how to convey using technology.