Saying Goodbye

There is no activity or gesture too small when it comes to saying goodbye to students.

Here are five suggestions I researched.

  1. Write an individual note to each student acknowledging or celebrating something specific and unique about her or him
  2. Make an advice wall
  3. Create a photo booth
  4. Craft a class appreciation poem
  5. Give a speech to class

 

Its been a slice. I leave you with this quote:

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry

 

Classroom Management

Earn students respect

  1. Your words must be golden
  2. You must be the same teacher, today, and tomorrow
  3. You must never take misbehaviour personally

Quote from the article:  “Respect is earned through the honor of your word, the steadiness of your temperament, and the gentle, quiet strength of your convictions.”

You must have a classroom management plan with rules and consequences to enforce and you must find a way to challenge the students. If the material is too easy, the students will misbehaves and will not find it worth their time.

 

Guides and Tutorials

All Other Guides and Tutorials

You’ll be able to go directly to the feature you want to learn about and figure out how to do what you need to.

Are you technologically challenged? Does your DVD flash 12:00 AM in the middle of the day or do you still have a VCR? Can’t figure out your new digital camera? Not getting the most out of your SmartPhone? Trying to create a great presentation, but just can’t quite figure out PowerPoint? Need a guide to Dreamweaver? the latest Web 2.0 tool?

 

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid to be funny

Once you get to know your students it will be easier to kid around with them.

Remember a few things:

  • Keep students engaged
  • Show students that your a person too
  • Help create a community in the classroom
  • Lighten the mood when things feel to hard
  • Joke
  • Laugh at your own mistakes

*Teacher: You copied from Fred’s exam paper didn’t you ?
Pupil: How did you know ?
Teacher: Fred’s paper says “I don’t know” and you have put “Me, neither”!

Source:  http://www.teachhub.com/top-20-teacher-jokes

 

Plagerism

PlagScan compares your document with billions of others and highlights relevant correlations between them. It enables users to identify fraudsters by checking documents with the online plagiarism detection platform in real time.

Platform:  PlagScan

Most teachers don’t have the time to compare the papers of several students or check all of their written assignments manually for plagiarism.

PlagScan offers you the ability to systematically compare your documents with those in the PlagScan database and billions of online sources. This helps you to easily determine whether your students have copied each other’s work or illicitly used online sources for their papers.

Source: Accessed 20160425 http://www.plagscan.com/plagiarism-software-for-universities

Scary Pizza

Humor reduces stress and tension in the classroom, improves retention of information, and promotes creative understanding.

Teaching in humour go hand-in-hand. Humour is a way of not only showing intelligence but a deep understanding of a subject.

I use a funny video during my training session because my lesson is on a dry subject and this helps break it up.

Watch the Video called Scary Pizza.

I also make sure to bring in coffee and donuts.. feed them…

Interactive Teaching

Interactive Teaching  involves facilitators and learners.

This power point gives you information on:

  • Points to keep in mind
  • Why facilitate rather than lecture
  • Information on working with Groups
  • Shares some interactive techniques
  • Explains buzz sessions
  • Question and answer period

I think you will find this useful.

Go ahead and check it out!

 

 

 

 

The Struggler

I like this posting about The Struggler. I read the article and thought it was worth posting.

This article points out that when you are taking an on-campus class, students can approach instructors after class or during assigned office hours to discuss assignment-related issues. What about on-line courses?

The article proposes that there is a shift away from the instructor’s authoritative role in the classroom to one of a facilitator of on-line learning.

It further goes on to state that Web 2.0 is widely considered an engaging and interactive way in which individuals can use the Internet to create, collaborate, and interact with people from all over the world.

I recognize that Instructors of on-line classrooms may already be very busy creating assignments and answering emails. There are a number of things that instructors can do with little time available that could make the on-line classroom more active and engaging for students.

Designed Learning

Web 2.0 has brought a new set of principles on the use of tools available on-line.

The surge in the adoption of Web 2.0 tools, particularly social media, has touched nearly every facet of life.

  • Social – Services encourage social interaction with others
  • Isolated – to the extent that the service does not require interaction with others
  • Group – where the outcome is mainly effected by the aggregate contribution of all users
  • Individual – Where the main outcome is mainly effected by an individual
  • Active – To the extent users are expected to participate to gain
  • Passive – To the extent users can gain passive observations

Users now have a choice as to whether they want to be passive or active.

The advantage of on-line courses, therefore, can now be expressed as a matter of technological relevance rather than mere freedom from temporal or physical limitations.