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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

Public Safety--a class where everyone can learn something....

Yes, this is an issue—for example in my third level course only two students have had all three courses to complete the pathway. The others may have had class one or two, both not both. This is disheartening especially when you expect to be able to teach students that are really interested in your program. It is also disturbing that the state is putting such an emphasis on pathway completers and earning industry credentials. How can that ever happen when kids are in classes they don’t want to be in? I try to remedy this issue by drawing them in to the field with interesting projects, etc. One project in particular is the Serial Killer Project. All students seem to enjoy this one—perhaps because it sparks their interest, but they usually finish with the desire to learn more. The same can be done in all my other classes with forensics it is usually crime scenes and in the other classes they love policing tactics. At this time, hands-on activities is the best way for me to get my students interested whether they want to be in the class or not. In addition, I tell all students they can all get something out of Public Safety including how to be a more productive, more aware citizen.


1 comment:

LRS said...

It sounds like you have some projects that are awesome! I would love to work on the serial killer project. I'm not sure why so many of us are intrigued with serial killers. Those are topics that everyone is interested in. If you flip through TV you'll find about 10 shows on relating to serial killers, crime scene investigations, and forensics. I can definitely see how that could pull their interest in your class. You could reel the others in by teaching them the law and all of the loop holes so that if they ever get in trouble they would know what NOT to do and the limitations that they have. A lot of people are unsure of what the law states including myself. Once maybe they understand the law a little more they will respect it and also those who put their lives in danger to make sure safety is enforced.