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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, April 8, 2014


I like both of these quotes, there is so much truth in them. To truly understand something, one must find it's faults and understand what doesn't work before understanding what does. That is a point that I try to drive home to my students. One of the first steps in engineering a product is failure. Only after evaluating and understanding that failure can you progress from it. I believe that is why so many students find my class "easy", not that the tasks are simple or the work is simple, but I feel that if they are putting forth the effort to learn they will pass. I understand that not everyone can be be completely successful in the numerous areas that I cover, so failure at the task does not mean a failing grade. I believe, failure is the true form of progress, that is why the saying is 3 steps forward, 2 steps back.

1 comment:

LRS said...

Trent - I love this. I had never truly thought about it quite like this. Maybe I've been too hard on my students. I know we all push them to be successful but to succeed they definitely need to experience failure and learn from it. I have so many student that try but still fail and I understand that is better than those who refuse to try at all. I need to be more like you in embracing their failure as a learning process and build them up. I definitely needed this read. You're the best! Can i come and take your class?