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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

Second Chance.

Of everything I did this week in my teaching, what would I do differently if I had the chance to do it again? And, why? Today was a disaster.... Can I please get a redo? This week the students have been learning about measurement. Measurement is extremely important in the graphics industry and you'd be surprised how many high schoolers don't know how to measure accurately. Today I tried to make the lesson a little more interactive and I created a measurement scavenger hunt. The students were to go around the classroom/laboratory and seek the items listed and measure them. In my first block class this went amazing. The students loved it and I had no problem at all transitioning them into the next activity. For my third class, this was not the case. The students were going crazy and to top it all off I got evaluated right in the midst of it. I was trying to get them settled and into the next activity when my administrator walked in. My students were all over the place trying to get situated. I had 2 students helping me put a cart together which was fine but somehow a student found her way into the empty box. I don't know what it is about cardboard boxes and students but they love them but getting inside them is a separate issue. Seriously, just fire me already. I know that in CTAE interactive assignments are essential but I feel as if administration doesn't quite understand. If I could get a second chance, I would have have been more attentive to the students and made sure they were a little more understanding of the directions and what to do upon completion.


Sonya Dunbar said...

LOL, the student in the box is TOO funny! I know how you feel about administrators walking in at awkward moments. I have been fortunate to have all positive reviews, however, my last walk-through left me wondering... My adminitrator walked in while my students were playing an interactive game in groups but at first glance they were all tangled up in a knot! Thankfully everything turned out fine but it was really nerve-wrecking not knowing what those fingers were typing. I just continued onward and kept my demeanor. I think that is about the best we can do...

Dr. J said...

I think you had a really good idea to teach this lesson. And, it did work for at least one group. Sometimes teachers have to have a more restrictive lesson plan for certain classes and that's okay. Sorry you felt thwarted by the administrator's comments. Unfortunately, they only get a small snapshot of what is going on. Thank you for trying and please continue to do so. Dr. J.