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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?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What surprised me most this week is that I was able to reach my students on a higher level just by trying something new. This week I used Edmodo to issues several Polls to my students. The students were instructed to read each Poll and choose the answer they felt was the best for the given scenario. (We have been covering Work Ethics in class this week so it has been an interesting three days that is for sure.) I told them that no answer was wrong and that everyone was entitled to their opinions on a Poll.

The surprise came when not a single student chose a negative response to the ethics question! For some reason I thought for sure that my trouble-makers would be the ones to choose the negative ethics response, and yet they all chose either the most favorable, or second to most favorable. I know when I was in school I was “that” student that easily would have chosen the “morally wrong” answer just because I could.

While I know this will, more than likely not happen again; it is a comforting and truly surprising thought that my students actually made the right decision. Even if it’s only this one time, it’s good enough for me to smile and think somewhere in the back of my mind, maybe I am reaching them.

That also goes for the students that I feel don’t want to be in my class in the first place!

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