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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 22, 2013

Not the Career Path they want.

The one thing I would change is the way the counselors just through students into our class. These students don’t even want to be in our class and sometimes they will not participate and fail the class. I’ve even had some cases where the student would have a behavior problem just because they did not want the class. I thought the students were supposed to choose their path not just pushing them to anything that’s open. It’s right for the student and the teacher. I think the class would flow a whole lot smoother if everyone was interested in what we are teaching.


Trenton said...

I agree with you Emmanuel. The students should be able to choose their pathway. The point of the course is to prepare them for a career field they are interested in. I do understand the need to spread the students around to fill classes, but there should be more order to the process. If a student is maintaining good grades, they should have first pick. From any angle you look at it the plug and play method is terrible for schedualing.

Dr. J said...

Thank you for your post, Emmanuel. You are right on target with your thoughts. It is not easy to motivate students who are not interested in your subject. You probably have that in common with some of the academic teachers, ie. the math teacher with students who hate math. This has always been an issue in education and I am glad you are sensitive to it. Dr. J.

Marc S said...

I completely agree Emmanuel. With a broadcast and video course, students can be misled by counselors as it being an easy course and purely fun course. Although my class is fun, it is a class you have to work in to be successful. When students realize this, they can be turned off. One group that is tough to deal with is the seniors that are placed in a level one course, for whatever reasons. This is a tough crowd to engage in a class that is not in their “want” or “need” bucket. Keeping students engaged is one of our primary goals, and the disinterested student can throw a wrench in the works. It may be a losing battle on the front end, but at the end of the day I see it has a challenge. Last year, I had several level one seniors with full blown “senioritis” and several others enrolled in my class by placement. They were very complacent in all activities, and one was disruptive in her behavior. By the school year end, all the seniors said it was their best class, and they wished they had taken the earlier courses in the pathway. Go figure.