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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?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Running the show!!!

The thing that surprised me this week was when one of my students took charge in the shop. Now this student was very quiet in my class and is a female. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being quiet and a female, but this student really didn’t show any interest in automotive, so I thought. In class we have managers that have extra responsibilities. We just picked new managers and one of my managers is a female, I was very excited they she stepped up and decided to take on this role. Well hey, let me tell you guys something Jack, (sorry had to do it) this young lady is awesome!!! She is running the show in the shop and the fellas are actually going with the flow. I am very glad I started using the manager positions we learned this summer, because it works. The students get very excited about the positions and run with it. Thank you Dr. Burns. That’s what surprised me this week.


Shirley said...

How you run your class gave your female student the confidence she needed. It's one thing to be in a class with mainly male students,let alone having a male teacher. Yet you provided an atmosphere that spiked her interest and gave her the support she very well needed.

I can imagine how that made you feel. I have a student who usually keeps to herself and prefers to work alone. She's good at drawing and I partnered her up with a new student who shares the same talent. After this perfect match compared notes, today she expressed how she really likes the class and is looking forward to working with her new partner. That made my day.

Dr. J said...

Thank you for being willing to implement something new that we talked about this summer. I really do try to give you the best practices, but it is YOU who makes the difference by the way you implement the practices. I am so happy that you took a chance -- and look what you learned?! Great post and great job.
Dr. J.