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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 3, 2016

My Proud Activity!

Hmmm… Well… I can say that overall I’m somewhat proud of all the activities I have implemented even if the students thought they were cool or not. Sometimes, learning isn’t fun but it is still beneficial. I teach Intro to Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Essentials. The standards for both levels are similar in some ways. The standard we are covering is “Career Exploration.” The students are exploring careers with in the criminal justice field and learning the different duties and responsibilities of each. We have been talking about courtroom roles. Sad to say, the students did not know what a prosecutor or defense attorney was. On the other hand, they knew what a defendant and judge was (how ironic). Well, I sat and pondered on how I can make learning about the courtroom personnel fun. Once again, I began to talk to myself. I said, “Crystal, what can you do to make this fun, interesting, and memorable?” Just then a light bulb went off and I came up with the idea of having the students’ debate about criminal justice and school related topic. One student had to be the prosecutor and the other, the defense attorney. Needless to say, all the classes enjoyed it for the most part. My freshman and sophomores had a blast and wanted to debate for the next few days. So to grant their wishes we debated for two days!!


Laura said...

I love using debates in the classroom. In law and justice, we have so many controversial topics to choose from: restraint chair usage, death penalty, officer discretion, legalization of marijuana.... I could go on an on. I like to have my students tell me which side they are on as soon as we start discussing a topic. I will then make them debate in favor of the other side. I do this in hopes that they may learn something new and open up their minds to another point of view. I'm sure your students enjoyed the debates Thelma and learned something new as well. Job well done!

Dr. J said...

I agree with Louise's (a.k.a. Laura) comments. I always liked using the debate method and I made the students look things about about the topic so we could have an "informed" debate.
Dr. J.

Suzanne Ward said...

One of my biggest frustrations is timing. What seems to work well in one class, will bomb in another.

This week, my students rotated through 4 different stations of complementary/alternative medicine methods with visuals, a video, and questions at each station. This part went reasonably well.

As a wrap, students picked one activity and do a poster. I gave them one day to gather in groups, plan, and do a rough draft. The next day, they were to finish the poster. One class nailed it. The other one, not so much. This weekend, I am left with a decision of scratching the poster activity and move on - or to finish the poster.

Reflecting on it, the questions at each station were likely enough to solidify the concepts. It feels like I've wasted nominally two and a half days on 'busy work'. Frustrated!