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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?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Testing confrontations

I must say that I have not had this situation arise yet and I hope it never does. I have, however gotten a few parent phone calls and emails about their child’s progress in my class. I have more students that simply won’t do the work assigned to them than I have students who do poorly on tests. I do, however, have a robust plan in place if such a moment arises.

The good news is that by using a learning Management System called Edmodo, I am able to stay in direct contact with students (And their parents/guardians if they choose to sign up for a parent account)and it is a one stop shop for due dates, deadlines, study guides, helpful links, etc. This is by far, my biggest defense to such issues. Once a parent sees exactly what their child is doing, or NOT doing for that matter, this usually quells even the most protective of them. Once they can see first-hand that the fault lays with their child and not with me, then that takes the wind out of their wings so to speak.

As far as the testing results go, the good news is I adhere to ALL IEP and 504 accommodations , along with providing study guides and ample warning on the content of each test/quiz well before it actually occurs. It also helps that I always give my quizzes on Fridays nearly every week of the semester so there can be no confusion as to how or why a student did not do well on the test.

Mr. H

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