When I was in college, I started writing a holiday newsletter to include with my Christmas cards. My mother had always written a newsletter, so it seemed a natural way to reflect on the year. It also provided […]
When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? What would that look like?” Most teachers include some form of the word “engagement” in their answers. So, it makes sense that teachers […]
I led a training last week on blended learning and asked teachers to brainstorm the biggest challenges they face in the classroom. One answer resonated with me. “Learned helplessness.” On my drive home, I kept mentally returning to […]
As I planned my lesson for today, I identified three specific tasks I wanted my students to complete over the course of our 90 minute block period. I knew they would work at different rates, and I wanted […]
When I work with school districts shifting to blended learning, I often train teachers on the station rotation model and the flipped classroom. Both of these strategies for blending face-to-face and online learning work well for teachers in a traditional […]
Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice. Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how […]
This morning I had a conversation with a fellow teacher. When I asked how she was doing, she said she was “fighting the Back-to-School blues.” With 9 years of teaching and back-to-schools under my belt I both identified […]
This is an excerpt from a chapter in my blended learning book (in progress) on flipping instruction using online discussions. In the traditional classroom delivery of content takes place within the walls of the classroom and homework is […]
Excerpt from my Blended Learning Book. Chapter 12: English Teaching English has been my passion for nine years, but it also presents a variety of challenges. The grading load became overwhelming as my total student load of freshman […]
Blended Learning: Best of Both Worlds. A Teacher’s Guide to Doing It All Better with Online Discussions! Chapter 11: Effectively Differentiate Instruction with Online Discussions Differentiation is a “hot topic” in education. Differentiated instruction “is the practice of […]
The increasing integration of digital writing into traditional classes is an exciting new development in education. As Eidman-Aadahl points out in the article “Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools,” “Digital writing skills are critical to ‘college and career […]
My blended learning book for secondary teachers continues… Every teacher has experienced the sinking feeling that accompanies a moment in second semester when a student in his or her class does not know the name of another student […]