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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, November 19, 2013

Information Overload in Process

Information literacy is a being able to find information, being able to know where to look for such information, and understanding the information that's at our fingertips. I like the term "lifelong learner". Someone who is information literate is constantly learning, accepts the fact that we don't know everything but understands how to retrieve the unknown. I believe it is a skill. As teachers, we must stress the importance of sorting through all of the information that is before us and using it to benefit us. Students often have the "IDK Syndrome" (I Don't Know) and the sad part is most times they don't want to know or they want you to tell them or do it for them. We've got to teach them to want to know and believe that the knowledge needed to survive in life and to be successful is obtainable. We've got to push them, encourage them, and test them. I see it too often that students have a cell phone in front of them and a computer in their lap but still will ask me how to spell something. Lazy, just plain lazy. We cannot accept that or enable them. Encourage them to google it or use microsoft word to spell check. As the teacher, I try to answer every question they ask me. I may not know the answer immediately and I have no problem telling them I don't know. I tell them exactly how I found the answer, whether I googled it, used other resources, or asked someone else for help. I want them to see that everyone has to seek answers to questions at some point. Let's help this generation use and understand the information that is so readily available to them.


Mark said...

The "IDK" syndrome is very frustrating simply because a lot of the time the students are just lazy and they don't want to put in the effort to find the information which they need. This is especially frustrating when they are doing something on the internet and they go straight to a website like wikipedia and don't put in the effort to find a creditable website.

Shirley said...

I couldn't agree anymore with the "IDK" syndrome. If I were to tell students to research their favorite cell phone they would have no problem in identifying where to go and even teach me a thing or two. Discipline is necessary when it comes to research and allowing students to become more independent and accountable for their knowledge.