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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, March 5, 2014

Theorem 15

We are returning to history and Prosser this week. Please comment on Theorem 15: "The administration of vocational education should be efficient in proportion as it is elastic and fluid rather than rigid and standardized." I do agree with theorem 15, vocational education should be fluid. The administration, or delivery, should just "go with the flow". The time frame an instructor uses to deliver instruction should be fluid and should be determined by the class dynamic. For instance, my students were without instructional time for 2 weeks because of the weather. Although the students were familiar with information, they had lost the "why?" component of the unit and had difficulty connecting everything together. I decided to increase the instructional time for those 2 units. Increasing the instructional time allowed the students to gain a higher understanding of the unit content and increase the amount of information they were able to recall. Increasing instructional time describes now vocational education should be fluid. We have end of pathway assessments (EOPA) in our programs and for some pathways those do not cover a greater understanding of the course content. For instance, the EOPA for the physical medicine is not specific to my pathway. The EOPA is general for introduction to health care and is not specific for our pathway. I personally feel as though this is a "flaw" in the system and further proves Prosser's theorem 15 that vocational education should not be rigid or standardized.

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