What do you know now that you did not know before? How are you applying what you have learned so far to your own course? What decisions have you made about how you present yourself, your content, and how you will engage and interact with your students and assess them in your own online course?
I have learned a lot about being a successful teacher online.
~ First and I think most importantly the teacher needs to think ahead, the teacher needs to be highly organized and think about any potential questions the students will have before they arise
-How am I applying this? I am trying to make my online course have clear rules and instructions for interactions and activities. I will also have the “ask a question” portion to hopefully help my students with anything that wasn’t 100% clear.
~I have learned that providing quick and precise feedback.
-This is important for students and allows them to have the communication they need to not feel isolated in the online classroom
~Creating a community is extremely important in the online environment
-In my class I will have an opening “meeting” and encourage my students to relate and interact with one another.
~Have a space for all types of interactions
-I will have a “lunch room” area, discussion areas, and question areas.
~I have learned about engagement a lot for one article Savery and Duffy wrote, it had a lot about student centered learning, and problem based learning. It wasn’t an article about teaching online, but it made me reflect on my online classroom as well as my future classroom. I need to create questions in my student’s minds. This will inspire their learning. The student’s own questions will decide what they want or need to learn.
-I am still a little unsure I am doing this in my class. I do not know if I would be doing this in my regular classroom especially at a lower grade level where in New York we have so many standards that have to be met. Most schools do not have an open curriculum where I could mold my students and let them learn about what interests them.
This lead me to research a couple of different things, are we preparing students for the skills they need for their lives? Or are we just preparing them to pass a test. It also got me looking at schools like Tech Vallley High. This looks like an amazing place to work and attend class, it is a high school where students work on projects. Just looking at it, for an example some students were creating a mini-golf course, they needed to learn science, math and computer skills to do this. The school still takes the NYS tests but it is not the focus.
Who are you and why are you that way as an educator and a learner? What have you observed about yourself during this process? What have you observed about yourself during your own completion of the learning activities in this course? How can you use these insights in the design of your own course?
I have learned a lot on a personal level. Honestly I do not know how much of this knowledge I will be bringing with me. I do not know how much is applicable to my future room. I may create something then have my students work on it during their free time/ computer lab time but I have realized teaching elementary online has many more challenges than I originally thought.
Every time I take an online class I am reminded how self-motivated you have to be. It teaches me how much I really care. I always start seeing the syllabus and thinking I will be happy with myself if I get a B in the class. Then I can’t make myself work at the B level, I find myself thinking and doing extra work to bring it up to the A level.
I have learned as an educator I like the entertainment factor in the classroom. I am afraid it is not translating to online. I do not know if I would ever be satisfied with teaching online full time, I like to be in front of students. This information wants me to create opportunities for more than discussions and personal relationships online.
What has challenged you the most in this course? What has been most difficult or uncomfortable and why? As you go through this process as a student in this course and as the developer of your own online course, what are you thinking about?
I think the most challenging part has been this week the creation of our activities. It is much easier for me to be engaging and assess my students learning in a face to face environment. I guess it is a lot like your first years of teaching the first time might not be that great but then year after year it would get better. I also am thinking more like a teacher, I guess more as “what is the purpose for this” or “what is the goal in us doing this” This is helpful for me to achieve that A level too