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Why We Believe in Our Students, a Timely Reminder

Why We Believe in Our Students, a Timely Reminder | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog -


For most of us, it’s that time of the semester when we are least likely to think positively about students. We’re tired, they’re tired, and there are still the proverbial miles to go. Some students have finally figured out they’re in trouble in the course, but none of their difficulties derive from anything they’ve done (or haven’t done), or so they think. Others remain lost in a thick fog that obscures even very fundamental course content. Passivity is the default mode for what feels like an increasingly large group. If there’s any lull in the action, they settle back, quickly finding their way to places of mental relaxation.


An exaggeration, perhaps, but it’s easy to lose faith in students when so many of them seem bent on making poor decisions about learning, which is why we may need a post that reminds us how much all students need teachers who believe in them.

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Timely words for the end of the semester.

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Is lecture really the thing that needs fixing? By Robert Talbert

Is lecture really the thing that needs fixing? By Robert Talbert | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Image: Automated Blackboard eraser...


Based on the headline and framing of the article, you might be tempted to think that the problem is that lecture is ineffective and that data might be able to fix it. But that’s not really it. (Nor is the problem that students are stupid and lazy, which you might get from the comment section.) Actually I think Samson himself nails the problem:

He is not shy about admitting where teaching falls on the list of priorities for most of his peers: a distant third, after publishing articles and landing research grants. “Instructors want to do the right thing,” he says. “They’re just busy guys, and they don’t sense that the bean-counting is heavily weighted toward the teaching.”

In that one quote, you get everything you need to know about why traditional instructor-centered teaching still reigns supreme on many university campuses, despite mountains of evidence, not to mention anecdotes, that interactive-engagement methods are far more effective. It all boils down to that one word:Priorities.


Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Here's a bit of insight: Professors should also be teachers, colleges should make teaching a priority, teaching skills should be rewarded.


You know what they say about should... Still it's a clean, simple, low tech solution a major problem in the college classroom. 

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Michelle Allwright's curator insight, August 20, 2014 5:11 PM

Interactive, engaging and the learning around core skills is where it is heading. It's about ensuring that the students are industry ready; not just theory ready.

Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, August 20, 2014 8:18 PM

A number of good points made about priorities in higher education; also, some intelligent disussion in the comment sections from (mostly) learning peers.

Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, August 22, 2014 5:13 AM

" If you really want something to happen, you make it a priority and make the time. I have to conclude that I think many universities, and sadly many faculty, say that they want effective teaching and high student performance, but they don’t want it badly enough to make sacrifices for it."

 

He has point there. :-)

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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.

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US Teachers put in the hours. Anyone who's taught school knows just how many 'extra' hours there are in each class day. This infographic helps us see how the U.S. stacks up at the International level. 

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 2014 8:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 2014 6:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

Heather Morrow Giles's curator insight, June 19, 2014 10:19 AM

this is why we go home so tired!

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A Survival Guide To Teaching With Technology - Edudemic

A Survival Guide To Teaching With Technology - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Jeff Dunn:


Teaching with technology doesn't have to be scary. It can be quite hard so here's a handy survival guide that should save you at least one headache!


A presentation by the always amazing Shelly Terrell should help. It’s quite literally a survival guide to teaching with technology and I strongly recommend you scroll through each slide. It’s packed with wisdom from a teacher who really gets it.

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Viv Hall's curator insight, October 27, 2013 1:35 AM

Very useful for a Connected Coaches toolkit  #plpnetwork

 

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5 Ways To Use Technology To Engage With Parents - Edudemic

5 Ways To Use Technology To Engage With Parents - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Technology can be used to engage with parents like you may have never dreamed. Here are a few kick-butt tools to try!


Bringing technology into our classrooms helps teachers in a variety of ways. From bringing great multimedia and injecting real people and real life experiences into what might otherwise be bland lessons, to making grading and classroom management easier, more seamless processes, it might be easy to forget how we even did things before our devices were the staples of our school days.

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Naomi Monson's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:21 PM

This is can used to create personal learning environments for parents!  I love the idea of skype to use in place of parent-teacher conferences when parents are unable to make it!  Check out the interesting ways to keep parents informed!

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A Chart That Explains Why We Have So Much Trouble Keeping Our Teachers

A Chart That Explains Why We Have So Much Trouble Keeping Our Teachers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Alvin Melathe: The following infographics show different measures of how teachers all over the world are compensated and the correlating educational achievement. Taken together, they paint a pretty sad picture of U.S. education. 

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At the moment I think we're getting much more than we pay for. However the cost is a personal one for teachers who sacrifice there economic well-being to do the job they love. 

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U.S. teachers’ job satisfaction craters — report | Wash Post

U.S. teachers’ job satisfaction craters — report | Wash Post | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Half of America’s public school teachers say they feel great stress several days a week and are so demoralized that their level of satisfaction has dropped 23 percentage points since 2008 and is at its lowest in 25 years, according to an annual survey of educators.

 

The 29th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which is being released today, has more bad news about the effects of modern school reform: Only 17 percent of teachers and 22 percent of principals are very confident that the Common Core State Standards, an initiative supported by the Obama administration that is being implemented in most states,  will actually improve student achievement.

 

It’s no wonder so many teachers have low morale. They say that modern school reform — with its emphasis on getting rid of bad teachers, assessing teachers by student standardized test scores, and rewriting tenure and collective bargaining laws — essentially demonizes them.

 

Here are the major findings taken from the report, called “Challenges for School Leadership”:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Burn out in the classroom has always been there. Over the last decade the fire has gotten hotter and the satisfaction and security of a traditional teaching job has melted away. 


Here's a survey that delves more deeply into reasons for burnout that working teachers already know well. 


When will the poiiticians stop kicking teachers in the soul?

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Waunita A. Scott's comment, March 2, 2013 7:29 PM
Your insight alone says so much!
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Slide Share: 104 D2L Best Practices


Presentation by Tom Tobin of Northeastern Illinois University at the D2L Ignite forum at NEIU - Oct. 4, 2013

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You're bound to be surprised when you browse this slide share of 104 teaching techniques for online courses.  Some of these ideas are very familiar, others are unique. 

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E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate

E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in e-learning settings. Become an effective online instructor.


About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, January 16, 2:42 AM

 There is an up coming project in which I expect to participate in and the knowledge and skills I acquire will make me to be a contributor.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product"

Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product" | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo: An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom ChallengesThe ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.

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Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.    

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David Miles's curator insight, April 19, 2014 9:10 PM

I find it challenging to work out how to differentiate (or whether I am differentiating) lessons in secondary school classes where everything is driven by the needs of an examination system. This idea, that there are multiple incarnations of differentiation, I find quite helpful.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, April 20, 2014 12:40 PM
Dennis T OConnor's insight: Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.
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9 Videos to Inspire Teachers at the Start of the School Year

9 Videos to Inspire Teachers at the Start of the School Year | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
notes from the researchers at findingDulcinea


The first few weeks of school are bittersweet; they mark the end of summer and yet a return to what teachers love to do: make a profound impact in the lives of students.

Here are our favorite 9 videos to inspire teachers at the start of a school year:

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Fine videos to get your blood (and hopes) up for a new school year. 

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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:46 PM

Here is inspiration for all my teacher friends :-)

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Teaching MOOCs: A Guide for Ph.D.s and TAs

Teaching MOOCs: A Guide for Ph.D.s and TAs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The Challenges of Teaching Online


The MOOC revolution is an exciting movement, but there are challenges that arise when courses go online, especially when they’re offered to thousands of students at once. Professors and support teams regularly deal with issues including cheating, translating course materials into interactive content and discussion, and maintaining a connection with students. Here are some things you should know if you’re planning on leading a MOOC.

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Online Teacher of the Year finalists share passion for technology-driven instruction: Renee Citlau

Online Teacher of the Year finalists share passion for technology-driven instruction: Renee Citlau | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

by LeeEllen Harmer:


"What does it mean to you to be nominated for the NOTY award?
It is an honor. The nomination gives me a greater voice to communicate the benefits and challenges of online learning. It brings more attention to the potential of online learning to transform education and to the importance of developing quality online courses that are accessible to all students.

Online education has the potential to change education from a 20th century, teacher-directed model, to a 21st century, student-directed model.  We need to make sure that online curriculum is accessible to all students including special populations, English learners, and students from different cultural backgrounds."


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Renee is this years winner.  Congratulations on your recognition as a true professional! 

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