Chris Robida

Chris RobidaCHEP

About me

I've been in the teaching profession for around 30 years and have taught elementary, middle school and adults.  I consider myself very lucky to be able to pull from so many different types of experiences and share some with my current students.

I had never taken an online coure before, but now have completed my third with CEE (ED104,105 &106) and was suprised at how easy it was to navigate through the courses.......It was a very good review!


I especially liked the idea of asking those who disagree when an impass occurs " what information do you need that might make a difference?"

Discussion Comment

I agree that the Engrade system is a great tool for both instructors and students.  As long as the instructor inputs the data in a timely manner so that students can see every assignment and grade and are aware of what he/she is missing, then it places the responsibility for completion of all work on the students since it eliminates the excuses for not knowing what assignments were or when they were due.


For many, the simple thought of taking a Math course in college is enough to bring on a sweat! Many will admit that much of their prior knowledge is difficult to build on, since they have used calculators for the majority of their lives.

In one of my classes, a mini project is required wherein they each present a powerpoint of 40 different ways they can see  Math NOW in their daily lives.  It helps the students see that math is relevant...and everywhere (in sports, medicine, cooking, building,etc etc). 

When students"buy in"  to the possibility that what they are learning… >>>


I agre....regardless, actually, of age, students need to see it, hear it, write it (notetaking!) and do it (work out problems either on their own or in small groups). Discussing, sharing,and  assisting those around them in the classroom tends to make the learning environment more closely resemble their daily work environment.                Chris R

Allowing adult learners to interact with each other in the classroom on a regular basis lets the instructor be less the classroom "authority" figurea and assume more of a support role. Adults want to be treated like adults. A friendly, non-threatening environment should be the mark in any classroom, regardless of age !          Chris R

Discussion Comment

@vwood1201 : I liked your comment about making sure the students know that we have experienced many of the same things that they are going we can share some of our stories so they can continue on the journey to make their own story.

If, as a teacher, you can make the class time an enjoyable experience by using your personality as your greatest asset, then the subject matter won't scare anybody away!!

For a "miniproject" I have my College Math Foundations class create their own word searches and crossword puzzle (of course the criteria outlined for them must be met).  Sometimes a few of them are perfect  for me to actually use with Jr. High classes I also teach as a reinforcement of vocabulary (once the daily assignment is completed.)  I try to have a few of these ,as well as other simple activities ,for early finishers>

@joep : I have to agree!  I've actually (a number of times) had students on the first day they begin one of my classes tell me that they were relieved when they saw who the teacher was because whenever I had passed the in the hall long before they were ever scheduled for my class,I'd smile and say hello (or hi...)...  and I guess a friendly ( and "somewhat" familiar) face in front of the class is a stress reducer!

Wow...I just reread this.....and I know it's WAAAAAAAAY too long a sentence!

This is not really a reply to anyone, but I've been looking for Best Classroom Practices type of posts from anyone who has completed the ED201 course (re Disabilities in the classroom)...ANYONE HAVE INFO???


I have taught classes with very few students, and have found the having prepared problems set up for them on the  "good old" board to be one of their favorites.  A teacher can see 3 or 4 students at a time doing similar problems (but Not the same ones) and talk them through corrections right then and there.

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