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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?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Recommendation Process

I definitely have had my good and bad experiences with this recently. It is really a hassle when you have students in your class who automatically turn themselves off after finding out they don't want to be in my class after they were placed there. What I try to do is to relate as much of my material to the real world as I possibly can. I had a student who wanted to be a rapper and said that my class didn't have anything to do with what he wanted to do in life. What I did was break down everything from my broadcasting class that he should know about rapping. For instance, I told him that if you want to be a rapper, you have to be able to tell a story, then you have to know how to organize your thoughts, which is the same thing that my class does when they do a project. Then I explained to them that you have to know how to edit your video because it's your vision and you have to know how to put it together. After he heard my explanation, the light came on and he didn't realize that so much went into rapping. From that point on he really understood that CTAE classes play a major role with him being successful. For me it's all about knowing your kids personalities and really trying to figure out what makes them happy. Something that I thought about that might help us is to have an application only class for your level two and level three kids. Honestly, not all of the kids in the level two classes have no business in being in some of our classes. Some are in our classes because our administration put them there. I understand that you have to put the kids somewhere but why is it always in our classes? It's unfair because some of the worst kids in terms of discipline are placed in our classes. I believe if there was an application process, I believe the students who really want to be in our classes will have a chance to be in there. This is better than a student to receive the news that the classes are full, especially with students who have no desire to be there in the first place. If it comes to that, I believe that the kids who apply for the classes should be the first ones enrolled in the class and not the kids who just need their schedules filled.

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