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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 9, 2013

Even this generation of students like "old movies."

Something that surprised me this week is how well my kids responded to the "Back to the Future," movies. One of the activities I do during my film and scriptwriting unit is show the kids the "Back to the Future" movies. I believe those two movies are two of the most beautifully directed movies of all-time. Before I showed the movie some of the kids asked me "When was this movie made?" (1985) When they found out how old the movie is I heard some grumbles so I thought "Uh Oh this probably isn't going to go well." However once the movie got started and we had discussions throughout the movie, my students said..."Oh this isn't that bad!" One thing that I noticed about my students is they were amazed at the amount of thought that went into the storyline, the special effects, and the acting which is good. Although the students were amazed with the movies, some were afraid that my expectations were too high and that they couldn't make a movie or short story that were good (which I understand). However I reassured them that although Steven Spielberg is a professional director and producer, even the best at their profession make mistakes. After we completed the two movies, I showed them the 30 plus directing mistakes that were in the movie. That eliminated some of the self-doubt from my students. It was a pretty quiet week for the most part but how my students really like the movies surprised me. It shows that we as teachers have to be patient and to remember that sometimes we just have to mix the old with the new!

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

You are very thoughtful in your response to this situation when you talk about mixing the old with the new. It's so important for students to see where we have come from . . .
Dr. J.