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Earning an A in an Online Class

About halfway through the semester I realized something: two of my students had achieved enough points to earn an A. How is that possible, and what should I do about it? For the record, the majority of the students have earned enough points for a C at the midpoint. If you’re doing about an average …

The Difference in Online Teaching

For some reason, over the last four to six months I’ve gotten a question about online learning that kinda goes like this: In what ways do you think it is different to teach in an online space as opposed to a face to face one? I don’t think I have ever answered that questions well …

Revising in the Game (Class)

Do you remember old school video games? When I was growing up, we had an Atari and arcades were loaded up with Pac-Man, Frogger, and Asteroids. Later, we graduated to a Nintendo and Super Mario Brothers. Besides the fact that I LOVED those games, what I remember about them is that the game was the …

Virtual Presence

I’m over halfway through reading a book by Ethan Nichtern called The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. Yes, I identify as a Buddhist. However, it doesn’t matter if you do or not as the book is full of ideas that can give you much to consider in terms of how you live …

July Video Update

At the end of each month, I do a brief overview of the videos posted to my You Tube Channel. Not a lot this month dur to the holiday and travel. More will be coming in August. Here’s the run down for July: What Kind of Online Presence Do Hiring Committees Expect? How to have …

May Video Update

At the end of each month, I do a brief overview of the videos posted to my You Tube Channel. Here’s the run down for May: Literacy Feed (Webcast): Discussion of issues happening in literacy research and instruction. Working with Struggling Readers: My interview of how classroom teachers might think about working with students who …

What Counts as a Reading?

Welcome to the new year! Thanks for coming back. I don’t know about y’all, but classes start next week. I’m pretty ready to go. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking through my syllabi and trying to make them as best as I can. I’m sure you know what I mean. As I was working …

Class: How Good Did We Make It?

Recently, I wrote about how I created a class where the quality of it was tied to student participation. I gave students three quests that they could participate in. The quests varied in terms of workload and, therefore, how much XP was made available. The question I posed (to myself) was, “What if no one …

Pop-Up Quests

Recently, one of my students told me that she was enjoying the pop-up quests I had incorporated into our class. I hadn’t really thought about it that way, but she was right. I was using pop-up quests. Pop-up quests are exactly what they sound like – quests that pop-up in response to a given moment. …