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Eppes – Roles

Because I currently teach hybrid classes, I see myself in each of these roles during each class.  I design the course when I choose the material and activities that I assign.  Because I present the essential question and my response to it, I feel that I am the Professional-inspirer and because this is also set … Continue reading Eppes – Roles

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Comment on TPACK Myers by happygirl

Great post. I like the use of projects and they way you give the skills they can use in the future. Most teachers have to answer the question, “When will I ever use this?”. I think they way you have designed this module, the question is answered over and over and students know that they are leaving the class with skills they will be able to use in the future.

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Comment on TPACK by happygirl

I enjoyed your post. I think that this module should be used for both the online and the hybrid version of the class. Sometimes I think students make it to interims and they still don’t understand how to navigate the class. That’s why sometimes students start off poorly and then improve as the class progresses. In the past, I have thought it was because I was an awesome teacher, but after reading this, I am certain that they just learn to navigate the class better.

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Comment on Outline Myers by happygirl

Great job. I like the way you give them the particulars upfront. They know how long it will take and how it will be graded when it is done. You give them a clear road map and explicit directions on how to do what it takes to get there.

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Comment on Outline by happygirl

I am assuming that you will leave this module published as the class progresses so that students will be able to go back and re-read certain parts as they need it. I agree that the information that we provide upfront usually has more use later in the class. I think that this module will become a needed resource as the students actually begin to use and participate in the online class. I like the idea of mini checks throughout. This helps to ensure that they don’t just skip to the quiz at the end.

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Differentiated Instruction

While searching for  online teaching and differentiation, I found “10 Sites for Differentiated Instruction” at http://www.techlearning.com/default.aspx?tabid=100&entryid=6226.  Because I read the faces of my students for understanding, I find that online, I have to work harder to give clearer and more concise instructions.  I have to make sure I give step by step instruction and explain any … Continue reading Differentiated Instruction

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Comment on Best Practices in Online Teaching by happygirl

I find it interesting that the best practice that you felt was the least relevant was the practice that I found to be the most relevant. Yes, we are in an age of internet, but we are also in rural Virginia. I live “in the country” and my internet is sometimes spotty. My landline goes out if it rains too much and my electricity goes out if the thunderstorm is particularly bad. So this, to me, is a real issue. Teaching a hybrid class is a lot fun. You can put the boring parts online and have students complete them on their own and save the fun activities for face-to-face instruction.

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Best Practices

While reading the Best Practices article, I could not help but think, these are best practices regardless of the method of delivery of information to the students.   Teachers, in-person and online, should be “highly qualified”.  As a classroom teacher, I see students who need assistance in many ways and I go the “extra mile” … Continue reading Best Practices

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