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June 25, 2015
March 31, 2015
A few months ago, the issue of our discipline system came up at a faculty meeting, specifically tardies and the demerits system to address tardies. I decided to poll my students about tardies and demerits and the results are below. (I thought I had posted these already, which is why they’re being posted a few months after the fact.)
What would or does motivate you to get to school on time?
If there was a 5-15 minute grace period before school (start at 7:30 and class starts at 7:45) so people can arrive within that time frame.I have a fear of being late to everything, no matter if there are consequences. I would be scared of being late even if there weren’t any demerits. I don’t need any extra motivation to be on time because I am always trying to be on time anyways.If i couldn’t play a sportLater school start times.personally I don’t like how you can be late then give a bs reason and then it is excused. This opportunity allows me to be late whenever I want.I feel like a jerk if I am late, and it disrespects the teach/class.I don’t want to miss stuff in class.food, moneyNot missing anything in class.PIZZAI tend to be 1 -3 minutes late because most of my morning classes take 1-3 minutes to start. I would be on time/more worried about being late if I felt that I was missing anything educational.School starts way too early. Wayland is an extremely academically challenging environment that requires a lot of rest to recharge for the school day to come. We can’t all be Sharp.DemeritsIf school started later, if there were to be less trafficThe reaction of the teacher, but mostly I just don’t like being late.demeritsI don’t like being late but the traffic is really bad. I’d rather get to school on time because missing class is a pain when you have to make up work and you miss lectures.School starts too early, and even at the risk of me obtaining demerits, I would rather get more sleep. Too add on to that I would also be still sitting in traffic, so it’s not worth coming in early.CandyLiterally nothing no matter how early I wake up I can’t judge time and I’m just always late.my mom usually makes me late. no joke. I will wait by the door for herI get to school early to hang out with my friends/finish homework. If I’m ever late, it’s usually because of the traffic.money, extra credit, candy, foodIm chronically punctual. I like to be prepared for class and that includes getting there on time.My educationnothingi give people ridesI don’t want demerits to pile upEmbarrassment/ teacher gets angryI’m on timeI don’t want to get cuts or demerits because I don’t want to spend frees in restricted study.I would say if you’re late to school then you have to spend twice the ammount of time you were late in restricted study.There is very bad traffic on my route to school.When teachers are disappointed at a late student, it makes you feel guilty for being late. Additionally, students who are punctual are viewed more favorably by teachers. This is basically why I am chronically punctual. This probably does not apply to the majority of the student population.I would be more punctual if school started later.I am on time for the most part because it is my responsibility to get to school. Its not like you are at school forever so people should be mature and get to school.I always wake up at 5:50-6:00 and have the same routine.If there was food in your first period class and it went away after the bell rang.If the starting time was pushed to 7:45, it would make it easier for me to get to school on time.trying not to get demeritsTeachers don’t understand that the traffic takes at least 20 minutes to get through and it is very unpredictable.the disappointment of my teachers is one of the main reasons i arrive to school on time and demerits also determine my tardiness.nothing reallyfoodPushing back school starting time, I feel like school starts too early and having even just 30 more minutes of sleep time would be helpful.less trafficparentsIf i have have a test that morning or i have an important class that morning or if I know that the class starts on timeI am chronically on time because I don’t like to be late.I have a test that morning… or meeting with a teacherI can’t get to school on time because I have trouble waking up so early, and if I leave my house at 7:15 I will be late no matter what, because of the traffic.I am motivated to be at school on time because I don’t want to be embarassed by the teacher in front of the students and get demerits.Later start time. Right now it’s too early, not getting enough sleep.My parentsI’m responsible.I don’t like to be late to school because I find it very distracting to other students. Also, if I come late to school I feel that I am interrupting the class.just have people do them if they dont wanna come in they dont have to #senoir #norule #beside #theruleistherisnorules
December 29, 2014
An interesting article from the Chronicle about a laptop policy and, for the most part, even more interesting comments / discussion below.
December 3, 2014
Saw this on Twitter (from @Lucas_Leavitt via @edutopia) and thought it did a nice job (however sobering / scary it might be…). One of the comments on it too suggested adding a Carryover Level beyond the green that indicates that students carried over what they learned outside of the class(room).
December 2, 2014
Last fall (around this very time), I had an unexpected meeting off campus on a day when I had scheduled tests. Rather than have the tests covered, I decided to let my students take the tests as a take home / take-where-they-want. After the test, I was interested in the experience, both in general and, specifically, about cheating, and so I surveyed them, the results of which are here.
This year, when the same test came around, it was back in the classroom but still on the computer, but I was still interested in both the test taking process and cheating, so I administered a modified form of the same survey. Here are the results of this year’s survey:
because its a lot more efficient and it just feels like less pressure.I enjoy writing my answers down and typing isn’t my forte.I find it easier to type on computers rather than writing.It makes the test go faster.i would like to keep doing the tests on the computer because they are more organized.It is a much simpler way of testing and it fits this class well considering how often we use our computers anyways.It’s easier to write out long essays/paragraphs Faster, so more time to thinkI believe it is easier to do it on the computer personally because I have always done better on computers.Although it is easier to write on a computer, I think that computer tests are more distracting and I think we should still be writing on paper for tests.-I just don’t like doing things online. I’m old school!doesn’t really matter if its on computer or paper to me, either way is fine; might as well save paperI like online tests better because I want to write more for my responses because my hands hurt when i write.The detailed directions scared me to not cheat. I have cheated on tests before, its pretty easy. When the teacher is walking around it is a lot harder to cheat.Choose which statement best describes you and the test. * No correct option. Disregard answer.its nice to type I do better work on a computerIt is much easier doesn’t hurt the wrists eitherI like typing better than hand writing.Its easier to type than to write it out.Its easyer and dont have to worry about writing clearlyIf the need was felt to cheat, I would’ve cheated. However, even though I didn’t read a page of the book, I read the sparknotes. The sparknotes allowed me to excel during the test and ace it without the need of cheating.I like online tests-Spellcheck is helpfulIt’s easier to type answers than to write them and typed answers are usually more in depth.Never in my life have i cheated nor will i every attempt to cheat because i’ve learned to accept failure rather than take the easy route outi find it a lot easier to type instead of writing because it is quicker and less painful for the hands.its niceI like being able to see my work typed it makes me edit it more freelyI find it easier and way more time efficient to put down information and my ideas by typing. Writing I have to erase if I want to change what I wrote while online all I have to do is press “delete”.I like typing my responses better on a computer, but I don’t think that I would cheat if I had the chance on a computer.Online tests are ight, I like ’emI just hate testing on technologyI think its easy to get your thoughts out typing because it can go much faster than writing it.It was nice to be able to type on the laptops rather than to have to write out many paragraphs and essays.I would like the format for the future tests to be online. Personally I like typing responses rather than writingI like writing better
cheating is bad!none.NAi didnt think it made a differenceI like the idea of an online test but it’s not the online part that I didn’t like. The test itself was difficult and too open ended to even be considered for a right or wrong answer.21I liked the test approach because it helped my my test-taking. I prefer to take tests online rather than the more traditional way.Is looking at sparknotes pre test considered cheating? Even as just a review material?easy tests discourage cheating, give easy tests to remove cheating.I have no other thoughts about cheating on tests nor do I know anyone who cheated.It was annoying having people be able to look over your shoulder or at your screen. I took the time to complete the work, so them getting the answers without having to try is pathetic.I liked the online test!got nothinI thought the online approach helped me write more in depth answers. It helped me in my opinion.it helpedI thought some of the questions were wordyIM FOR ITI liked the test format but did not know of anyone that cheated on the test.potato
November 21, 2014
Saw this post on Edutopia and found it a very intriguing idea. Still not sure how I feel about QR Codes (truly efficient? or gimmick that looks great to outsiders but that students will rarely actually utilize?) but I do like the idea of linking content directly to the rubric.
iNACOL 2014: Innovation in Teaching – Personalized Learning Risks, Rewards, and Challenges (Kerry Rice)
November 6, 2014
Innovation in teaching is sometimes easier said than done. It takes a certain amount of risk-taking, often with extensive effort and no guarantee of success. This session will showcase an innovative approach using personalized and project-based instructional methods in an online course designed to instruct teachers in online teaching methods. Learn about the challenges and rewards of this approach and witness the results as teachers (as learners) share their experiences and their final projects.
- Prof & Fulbright Scholar at Boise State
- Three grad students with her to present
- an online school in a brick and mortar setting / institution
- focus on Rice’s Advanced Online Teaching
- online learning should promote: learner autonomy, active participation, collaboration and community building, authentic assessments, acquisition of 21st c. skills
- a move from constant targeted instruction + constant time = learning to variable targeted instruction + variable time = constant learning