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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, October 18, 2016

Pass the Mic

Hello everyone! I have been at a loss of what to talk about with the open floor for this week's blog post, but I think I've finally decided. I would like to talk to you guys about my current video project in AVTF I. Right now my students are learning lighting techniques to make their videos look professional. After doing our normal instruction, word wall creations, and presentations I gave the students a break down of what they would be working on for their video project. This year I did things a little differently; instead of just doing a video project, they are completing three assignments at one time: a video, a lighting foldable, and online modules about basic lighting techniques. I placed the students on a shooting rotation schedule to make their video and I gave them a deadline. All three assignments will be due on one day, but they have three weeks to work independently on these assignments. Before we started, I had students set timeline goals for themselves on what they wanted to finish and when. By doing this I am trying to teach them the time management skills necessary for a job in this field. They will not always have someone breathing down their neck to get a job done so they need to be able to plan and use their time wisely. So far, I am seeing some good and some not so good results from this experience. Some students are flying through some of the material and I am giving them some accelerated work to complement the lesson. At the same time I have others who are procrastinating and will have a lot of work left to do this week (our last week to work on the assignments). I am hoping this lesson doesn't crash and burn! I want my students to learn proper time management as well as the technical aspects they must know for making great videos.

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