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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

Reality vs. Television

This week my Forensic class examined Crime 360--a television show that follows detectives, medical examiners, and forensic technicians as they work to solve a crime. I previewed the episode prior to showing it to my students and created guided notes for the students to complete as they watched. I was simply amazed as I watched my students engage in this activity. They were asking me to pause it, so that they could reflect on the questions. Some even said, can you rewind that Coach so that we can make sure we get it? That just doesn't happen that often and I was very pleased with how the entire activity went. They even asked me when they would get to watch another episode. The discussion that followed was invaluable and we were able to discuss as a class how different this was from say an episode of CSI--basically we discussed the differences between reality and television. This was a great opportunity for my students to be introduced to the topics that will be covered in chapter on evidence.



Marc S said...

This sounds like a great lesson plan. The guided notes you offered were a great complement to the video. I show a lot of videos in my BVP classes. As teachers, we know how easy it is for some kids to “check out” once you press the play button. I think this says a lot about your ability to engage your students. Additionally, you are right- a student asking you to pause a video so they do not miss something important does not happen very often. I believe many learning opportunities are missed because students want to be spoon fed the information instead of critically extracting it. I will pause the video in my classes and insert some brief commentary. I do this to underscore a learning objective and also to reinforce to the class that video screenings are not free time.

Dr. J said...

It sounds like a very interesting class. Your strategy of having them take targeted notes is sound and good practice. Dr. J.