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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, December 3, 2013

Planning for all students

One thing that I learned via web discussions is that all students learn differently. One thing that I really didn't master until this year is planning for all of my students. I know one thing is for sure, all of my students seem to grasp my lessons better because I put a lot of auditory and visual activities into every lesson. Right away I saw that all of my students were also more interactive with one another as well. What I found out was that some of my students didn't interact with each, not because they didn't like each other, but because they were afraid to show that they didn't understand the content of the lesson. One thing that I had to keep in mind was that students' egos had to come into play, especially males. Males generally don't like to admit that they don't understand something and I had to really evaluate my students often because again, many students don't like to show to their inability to answer a question. Something that was unexpected for me was that it's actually a lot of fun planning for everyone. When you literally plan for everyone, you have more options in terms of the classes' activities. For example, if I planned for strictly for visual learners I could only have five options for my classes. If I planned for both audio and visual learners, I know I could possibly have 10 options in terms of lessons. That for me that would mean the possibilities are endless in terms of lessons. Overall, my lessons are much more complete and have more options when I started to plan for all types of learners, but I had to find out that practice means perfect!!!

1 comment:

Taylor said...

I love how you broke this down, Mark. I feel like in my original lesson planning I was gearing towards students who were more in tune with the way I learned. I have since gone and created lessons and activities for students who may not retain information like I do. Like you, I have found that more students are active in class discussions, and they are really starting to get it!