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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

Needs Improvement

This past week I presented the drill to the intro students. The day’s prior to the task I had gone through safe work practices and done a full demonstration with a student replay. The day of the task I had five drill operation stations set up in which the students were to conduct a number of drilling tasks and familiarization. One of the tasks was to use a screw to attach a piece of sheet metal to a wooden block. The sheet metal and block were from the previous weeks hand tool tasks and were prepped by the students during that operation. All that needed to be done was to clamp their material drill a pilot hole and drive a screw into it. The students repeated back to me their objective and the safety concerns with the drill and the material. When the students were released to complete the task all out chaos ensued. Students did not follow protocol with the “stations” I had created. This chaos was caused by, students leaving no drills for the pilot hole drilling because it was carried away with them, students piling on top of one another, and others sitting at a table not doing anything. Thank goodness it was not observation day. I had to put my managers in place to correct the student actions and monitor each station. All ended well, eventually. I was able to recoup and all of the students got the task done with close support from my manager and myself. I don’t believe I will be allowing the students to work freely on another task as an entire class. They shall either be in groups or be called out into the shop in small groups. It is too much for twenty-eight students to work independently on a number of objectives in the shop. I am not sure why I thought it would work, I used checklists and groups to perform hand tool operations and that worked beautifully. Why I changed I am not sure. Lesson Learned.


Mr. H said...

I feel your pain on this one. I had one group project in my computer lab that I had attempted the second week of school. I had the students actually broken up into what I felt was small groups at the time, (A total of 7 to 8 students) which I now know by learning in this class and the New Teacher Workshop from last week is way too large.

So there we were in the lab setting, all 4 of my groups of eight students were piled up amongst one another with a duty to perform for me. This was to be “Skit” day where they were going to act out some scenes of management and leadership strengths and weaknesses. Once I released the students to perform the tasks (Originally they were in the same group with all the people they sat around, I have since remedied this major mistake!) all chaos ensued.

Out of all the students in my fourth block class, only one group out of the four groups had chosen a specific leadership strength to act out. Unfortunately it was a massive waste of time and I learned from that point on I would filter choices to not be so broad or have so many options. So far pulling back their freedoms has helped tremendously with classroom management.

Dr. J said...

I think both the post and comment make valid points and reflect learning on the teacher's part. You both should be applauded for your serious reflection about your lab activities.
Great job! Dr. J.