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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?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Getting to work.

This past week one of the most surprising things happened in class. I am sure it wasn't a sudden change, but I paused for a moment during class while the students were in groups to observe what was going on and was pleasantly surprised. All of the groups for the first time all semester were actually focused and working on their assignment. Typically I am going around to each group that is goofing around to check their progress and encourage them to get back on task. It could be due to the fact that they are more interested in the current project or that they have finally gotten into the routine of being back at school. Whatever the reason, it was great to see each group being productive without being constantly reminded to get back to work. They have been almost more productive in class the past week than the past two weeks! I believe it proves that if you can find a way to make the work more relatable  to what interests the students, then they will put fourth their best efforts on the assignment. This project of creating a music video also is the first video where they get to be fully creative and follow a less restricted project outline. 

1 comment:

Mr. H said...

This is very good news to read. I know with my classes, a lot of the students actually interact more now, perhaps because of the routine like you said. They give more feedback voluntarily now. They show more emotional connections into the things I do differently.

I try to show videos from YouTube or TeacherTube that are engaging and actually funny. What I have found is that the students have been responding a lot more. My last class of the day always laughs out loud at even the weakest of jokes from whatever they are watching. This has made me more confident in how I deliver my material and I know it’s making a difference!