Michael Taylor

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Creating an Evaluation System | Origin: ED105 | New comment by Michael Taylor

I agree. Formal policies prevent a lot of issues.  For example, if a student comes to you privately and asks to be able to do something for extra credit, being the kind hearted teachers that we...

Learning Activities | Origin: ED107 | New comment by Michael Taylor

I can echo that.  I have used Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for content review.   I typically break the class into three or four groups and the group gets to collaborate...

Selecting Instructional Delivery Methods | Origin: ED105 | New comment by Michael Taylor

So true!   We really need to do a better job when crafting lessons.  Sequence is important, and so is quantity.  A then B, then C, but be careful about introducing D and E until...

My experience | New comment by Michael Taylor

Most people lose focus during lectures.  Our brains are not designed for it.  That is why we call it 'death by PowerPoint'.   At the same time, labs without explanation are ofte...

Delivering Course Content | Origin: ED101 | New comment by Michael Taylor

Thank you Kisi.  I think we all know that learning is a very individual process.  However, mass education is still the norm, so we have to deal in what works for the masses. I...

Delivering Course Content | Origin: ED101 | New comment by Michael Taylor

Thank you.  The reality check is that TED presenters practice their delivery for many days in order to hone their words/tone and measure impact.   No full time teacher has that...

Teaching to the Test | New comment by Michael Taylor

Admittedly, teaching to the test seems like something we should frown on.   At the same time, if the course is constructed properly around objectives and the assessments are geared to test...

Evaluating Student Progress | Origin: ED206 | New comment by Michael Taylor

Reply to Katherine Hillerich's post: Admittedly, it is very difficult to get assessments to match up to the individual challenges of each student.  And, teachers are not trained in...

Action and Expression | Origin: ED133 | New comment by Michael Taylor

I came into this course with my own particular framework for learning, my own challenges, and my own prescriptions.   Teaching has provided me with experience observing the limitations of...

students behavior | New comment by Michael Taylor

Why?

Yes, we are all human and we all have challenges in life, challenges that allows students to relate to their teachers.  Beyond that, we are not equal, not in our talent set, not i...