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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


If you could change just ONE THING about your program, what would it be, and WHY? (You may want to post about curriculum, student selection, pathway, industry certification, local school administration, etc.) If I could change one thing about my program, I would choose to change the numbers of students that are thrown into these classes without any interest in the program. Our Graphic Communications Program is the Magnet at our school and also, the largest program in our school. There are two teachers, 5 available levels of completion and 160+ students taught daily. It's a mess. Because, we are the largest program we often get dumped on. Our classes are full of the behavior problem students and that hurts the students that actually want to take these courses and serious about their work. Sometimes, you are able to get through to those students and interest them in your program but not often. The administration and the counselors know that these students have no interest in the program and yet they do nothing. It's a constant battle to try and gain students interest and attention when they could care less. I do the best I can but I also realize I can't get through to every student. There has been a couple of times where I've been surprised and a problem student actually turned around to love my class and be one of my best students. So, I guess there is always that part of me that's hoping for the best, hoping that I can be the one teacher that can get through to that particular student, and trying my best to teach them the skills that no matter what profession they choose they can use.


Emmanuel said...

I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels this way, and what’s sad is that it’s happening in several schools. I thought it was just my school put apparently it’s not. Why are they doing this? Why are they just throwing students into whatever pathway is open? I might be wrong LRS, but they might not care about our classes or they don’t take our classes seriously. Whatever it is, I hope I don’t get fired for making these comments. When you find out the answer LRS would you let me know? Thanks.

Dr. J said...

This is a fantastic post, Lyndsey. We probably need to spend a class session brainstorming about this issue. I think most if not everyone has this as a challenge/problem. It should not be "swept under the rug." Dr. J.

cortney rae said...

Lyndsey I love you. I think the challenge you are talking about comes from the generation. The kids we teach are missing the cornerstone piece of the puzzle our generation sought to build the puzzle upon! Hard work pays off...grow up and make your own way...and lastly, independence!! I hope we all find a way to bridge the gap and instill that desire in our students. After all, they are going to be the ones taking care of us one day!!!