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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, October 29, 2013

Think outside the box...

This is definitely a common problem that we face. When I first started teaching, I went to my coworkers with this same problem and I was relieved that I was not the only one but also discouraged that so many had the same problem but no real solution had been found. I was able to get a few suggestions from fellow coworkers. I had a health occupation teacher tell me to show them the way my occupation was already in their daily lives. For her being a nurse, she was able to relate sickness, because everyone gets sick. She was able to encourage them by seeing the benefits of knowing how to prevent sickness and also be helpful in the event of an accident. So, I thought about what she said and I began to think outside the box. In graphic communications that was an easy task for me. Graphic design is EVERYWHERE!!! No matter if you want to be an all-star baseball player or a lawyer at some point you could use graphic communications. I put them on the spot and I tried to find one career that didn't use graphic design at some point and it was impossible. After a few students talked about their choice of career and I connected the two, the students started in. Whether it's business cards you need designed, a sports logo, an album cover or promotion poster, I can find a way to related graphics into their lives. It may not be as easy with your content area but think outside the box, I'm sure you will find a way to make that connection.

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