Tag «Teacher Education»

Why Bonus Passes Work

As we’ve started to progress through the semester, I have realized that it would be good to give students a way to work around difficult situations. You know what these situations look like. You get sick. You’re exhausted. You meant to do the work but, like I just said, you’re exhausted. You went to do …

Class is Fun: Is That a Compliment?

Early on in the semester, I had a student message me and tell me that she was finding my class to be fun. Since then, several others have said the same thing. And you know what? I’m glad. I want class to be fun, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Having our classes be …

Reaching Out to Students

Fostering community and relationships in an online class is important. It’s also challenging. And, while I’m sure I can do better, I am always working on it. I began the semester by having students post an intro on Flip Grid. My initial thought was that I would really get into the groove of Flip Grid …

Creating a Mindful Schedule

Here’s the nice thing about teaching a F2F class: You know exactly when it’s going to happen, and you’re not going to be doing anything else during that time. When it’s time to teach, it’s time to teach. When I have taught F2F classes, or even hybrid ones, my schedule was clearly marked off in …

Going Fully Online

It started. This week I began my year-long adventure into teaching a 100% fully online class for the first time ever. Up to this point I had only taught hybrid. So….what happened during my first online week? Well, other than being excited here are some things I learned: Tip #1: Calm Down Already I mean …

My Teaching Notebook

I realized that for all the years I have had this blog I am pretty sure I have never shared my teaching notebook with you. And that’s just crazy because it’s a fundamental part of who I am. My teaching notebook is nothing fancy, and there’ not right way to use one. I hope you …

Microlearning in F2F Classes

Recently, I read this post by Peggy Semingson. In it, she discusses the concept of microlearning in online education. She defines microlearning as: Microlearning consists of microcontent that is delivered via an electronic device, including but not limited to a mobile device, app, learning management system, computer, and/or laptop. The goal is to “chunk” learning …

Read, Watch, Do, Play

In working to set up my fall online class, I eventually made it to the point where I needed to get serious about getting the schedule organized. Now, a typical syllabus would normally have a table that includes the date, topic, readings, and whatever might be due. It’s perfectly reasonable, and I’m not suggesting not …

The Scary Part About Being a Student

It’s summer! I just moved from North Carolina to Wyoming to start a new job. I’m getting settled in. Posts between now and August 21st will be intermittent as I get up to speed. Regular content will resume August 21st. Recently, I drove about 1800 miles to move from Durham, NC to Laramie, WY. You …

May Video Round Up

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: Creating Book Snaps This month, I learned about book snaps and gave them a go. There are lots of possibilities for how you can incorporate them into your instruction. …