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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 23, 2013

Finish what you start

Something I learned this week that I would never do again is to assign a project when students are not completely done with another project. Last week my students worked diligently on a video project, however some of my students finished a lot earlier than I anticipated. I anticipated that some of my students would finished before other students would, however I didn't expect them to be done so fast which threw me off. It's a good thing to a certain extent because their projects were completed very well and I was impressed. Typically when students finish so fast, their work isn't good. However, I was completely wrong. I thought to myself, I didn't want my students who finished early to spend two days doing busy work so I assigned them the next project which was a group project. As a result, some of the group members who were still completing the previous project were not able to participate in the planning stages of the new project, and there was confusion among some groups. I know having an activity prepared for students who finish early is something which I have to develop. However, I know more importantly, I have to make sure that I have to finish what I start because if I don't, I may have a bunch of confused students and that is never a good thing.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Good post, Mark. You could also have your early completers help the other groups, or you could have a "fun" enrichment activity for them. It can be quite a balancing act at times! Thanks, Dr. Burns