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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?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Surprised and Unexpectedly Happy- Chasity

A few weeks ago I found an online courtroom game that would allow my students to go through the trial process while competing against one of their classmates.  I usually teach each section of the trial process and use a mock trial to bring it all together, but I have found in the past that since there is so much information to retain students tend to get frustrated.  Last week I went over the basic steps in the trial process and used the game to bring it all together.  The game allowed students to choose questions, notes, objections, etc. (with prompting) and they were able to gain and lose points as they went through the game.  I was elated to find that ALL of my students were actively engaged. Not only were they engaged, but also they were learning.  They were using terms correctly and they were having fun.  The following day, we did the actual mock trial and my students were excited and prepared.  I was unexpectedly happy at the end of the week because, I finally found a way to get everyone to understand the trial process without loosing the interest of a few students.


Tawanna Cummings said...

It is amazing how students respond to games and technology in the classroom to help facilitate learning. I use games with medical terminology and they are actually learning definition and recalling these terms. I wish I had this type of technology when I was in school.

Dr. J said...

Thanks for being innovative and thoughtful in your teaching!