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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 22, 2013


This week I can honestly say I had a pretty good week. I would have not changed anything, as a matter of fact I did try something different with my students though. I was out Wednesday and my students had a sub and their assignment was an open book quiz. When I returned Thursday I decided that we would take some time and go over the quiz as one large group. In the past we have done this and I felt there wasn’t a lot of participation, so I tried something different. That morning I stopped by the store and picked up some Airheads, I was determined to have a lot more participation no matter what. So the bell rings and my students come in, start on their warm-ups, and I take attendance. After we go over the warm-up I told the class we are going over the quiz. As we start going over the quiz, the usual happens, just a few students are participating and want to answer the problem. After the first student answers the question I tell him thank you and I went to my desk and pulled out the Airheads, I had all eyes on me then. I walked over to the student that answered the question and handed him an Airhead. Before I could go on to question 2, I had all my students raising their hands to answer the question. It’s crazy what they will do for candy, especially Airheads, they love Airheads and the thing is they were answering the questions correctly. So I think I will change the way we review in class, the Airheads worked and I feel the students did learn a lot from this.


Mark said...

Hey Emmanuel,
It's always a shock when students participate when there is candy involved!!! haha. I used the same strategy a few weeks ago for my "Competition Wednesday," and I can't tell you how much the students participated when they saw my bag of candy.
Although it is a great technique, I don't use it all of the time because I don't want my students to participate just for the candy. One thing I did discover is although you may not have candy all of the time, students will volunteer or someone who doesn't talk that often may raise their hand to answer a question because they don't know if you have candy to give them or not. It's a great reward for them and they'll always appreciate it!!!

chris said...

Great strategy! The only thing with any strategy is that you can't use it as your only trick. Sometimes you may want to play trash ball. The students get to try to ring the trash can if they get the correct answer and their team gets a point if they don't miss.