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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, September 30, 2014

Chasity-Question of the Week September 22:

Every semester I teach my students the IRAC format.  The IRAC format is a legal critical thinking tool that I learned in law school.  It is a useful tool in all subject areas.  Students (and some adults) can tell you the starting point and the ending point, but it gets a little cloudy in the middle.  They understand the end, but they cannot explain how they got there.  The IRAC format teaches them to critically think through the issues presented.  I taught the IRAC format and I got the blank stares and I knew that most of my students were slightly confused.  I kept teaching it everyday with every scenario that we used.  By the end of the week my students were able to apply the IRAC format in my class and explain to their classmates and me how they could apply the IRAC format in other classes as well (science, math, language arts, etc.).  I felt like I had given my students a tool that they could use for the rest of their academic careers.  It was very affirming.  I will continue to use the IRAC format in class as a tool for students critically think through the issues presented.  FYI – IRAC stands for Issue (Question Presented), Rule (Applicable Law), Analysis (Application of the facts to the rule), and Conclusion (The answer to the question presented). 

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