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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?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is there a simple answer?

With all of the information available for everyone to look at on the internet. Internet safety should be a concern for everyone involved in a school system. Many students who explore the internet really don't take into an account that whatever site they are conducting research for must be a credible website. Credible websites are .gov,.edu,.mil, or journals from databases are usually good websites that are creditable. Nowadays I don't believe that students really believe that sites like wikipedia are not credible sources even though they have a lot of information. In a sense, it really pains me that students really don't care if a website is credible or not which tells me that a lot of students really don't care about their education. My question is, What should we do about that as teachers? What can we do to make students care about their education instead of them not caring and complete an assignment just because they have to? Is there a simple answer to this? Unfortunately no, so obviously there is not quick fix. When the students come back from summer break, I believe that we as educators have to drill into these students head that internet safety and research does matter and that you have to take it seriously. if we don't take it seriously then they won't, so it's up to us to keep pushing them to have very high standards when it comes to research.

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