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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?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The diminishing principle.

During the first two weeks of school I had to seriously scan my brain for some of the fabulous tools that I gained over the summer at NTI to erradicate a behavior to prevent it from becoming a norm. I had a student who was continously using the "N...." word out loud in the class as he addressed or spoke of other students. The first strategy that came to mind was the diminishing principle  strategy. I spoke to the student away from the other students and explained that I could not tolerate that word in class and hoped that he would respect that and also learn to respect himself enough to not use the term. I told him that he used the word over 3 times and that I would work with him on stamping it out. I told him the next day he would be allowed 2 slip ups and the day after 1, By the end of the week my expectation was to not hear the word again. By the end of the week, I had a smile on my face when I realized that there was no sound of that word. The following week, he did slip up and begin to say the word but it came with an immediate appology.
happy Dr. Fingall


Tennille Rainey said...

Excellent use in relating and working with that student. Students need to feel the "care" and see the discipline.
I will be "stealing" that tactic from you. Thanks for sharing !

Dr. J said...

Hi Dr. Fingall,
Thank you for this post. I am glad you are using this strategy. I can picture you doing this in a calm, firm, kind manner. You may have to stay after the student a bit, but stay consistent and don't give up. I hope for great results with this problem with your perseverence. Dr. J.