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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 24, 2013

My "Do Over"

We have been on Fall Break this past week--YAY! However, in thinking back to the week before, I think about a lesson I taught in Forensics on trace evidence and the Locard Principle. I put some powder all over the table where I had my assignment sheets and when students came in to class they got powder all over them--thus, illustrating the Locard Principle which states that evidence is picked and moved from one location to another. It was a great teaching moment because they students were like, "Coach, what is all over your table?" So, I started explaining the concept to them and they loved it; however, it put me ahead of where I wanted to be in my lesson and then it seemed as if I was back-tracking and I didn't like that. I lost my flow of the class. I realize we have moments that we turn into "teachable moments" that we don't have planned, but in this case, I wish I had done the activity later on in the class rather than at the beginning. Live and learn!!


1 comment:

Marc S said...

What a great idea to get your students engaged. You made a great point about “teachable moments.” I realized sometimes it is a good thing to have the excitement bubbling over in our class. As teachers, we do not plan for that sort of thing. It’s hard to turn an engaged student or group of students away and press on with the plan when that “teachable moment” surfaces. Today, I was discussing some popular historical moments in television, when our topic shifted quickly to political advertisements. I did not plan to address this topic, but a group of students began talking about the infamous “Daisy” ad from 1964. This turned into a brief show and tell for those students who never heard of this famous political advertisement. Sometimes, those teachable moments may set us behind, or even put us ahead of pace, but one cannot deny the positive affect they have on student learning.