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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


What’s in it for me? (“me” being the student) That is one approach I take the very first day of class. I do this in the hopes of throwing a blanket over the entire class and covering them all with the details of how this particular class relates to each student and their future. If the students buy in from the beginning and can see what their next steps are, they usually at least come along for the ride.

Another tactic I use to reach students that may not have a high interest in my subject area is I explain how we are going to attack this class as a group and accomplish all of the needed areas together. I do this with the hopes of building a team/family type of environment. Hopefully, this will begin to shape an attitude in every student that reflects an “all for one and one for all” approach to the content. These two approaches are generally effective in getting every student to have at least some level of interest.


Mark said...

I agree with you! That's a good job of explaining the process right away. I would think to a certain extent it gives the students some reassurance that this class is not going to be a waste of time for them. I believe once they see the postives of all of possibilities of the class, then their interest should be drawn in just enough for them to be open-minded. It only takes that one "light bulb" moment for them to say, "Hey maybe this won't be so bad!"

cortney rae said...

I always enjoy reading your post. You are such an encourager to your students and fellow classmates. I totally agree if we can show the kids how our program can benefit them in life, they will be much more apt to buy into it.

Trenton said...

That is a great approach! I love the banding together of a class. I did use a similar style last year keeping the class together on projects and conquering lessons as a single unit. It created a comfortable atmosphere and transferred over to this year. For some reason my new students aren't there. I haven't been able to unite this class. I believe it has a lot to do with my heavy load this year, and my lack of knowledge in the new curriculum.

Emmanuel said...

Awesome Terry! I think that is a great idea. The semester that I had that student that would not participate at all was a lot of hard work. I am definitely going to try what you were mentioning in your blog. Thank you for that information and I will let you know how it worked out.