Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Proudest moment of last week

 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?"

What I am most proud of at this very moment is that I figured out how to write in this blog... I was having a tough time. I didn't realize I had to accept the invitation. :) Okay this past week. I am most proud that I didn't get stuck on lesson plans and I allowed myself to be flexible based on the needs of the students. 

Last week I was teaching shot composition, I had given students a lecture with examples and then had them go on a shot scavenger hunt with a written list of twelve photos to take with cell phones in order to practice the rule of thirds. This is generally an exercise I do in one day and then we move on to learning how cameras work. However, when students submitted the pictures very few students had grasped the concept. In turn I decided to re-write my lesson plan for the week and create an additional framing assignment where students were given a list of  nine types of shots that they had to incorporate in a story using a slide show. I was able to incorporated an additional standard by having the students create a storyboard prior to taking the stills. Having them create a storyboard also allowed for additional practice because I ensured all student drawings also followed the rule of thirds and were framed properly for the type of shot. 

Upon completing the assignment the two level one classes passed the assignment with an 80% or above.

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