Hello, my name is Marilynn and I am a technology geek. While I am not aware of there being a chapter of Geeks Anonymous available to me, my friends and family would certainly support my participation if there were.
In education we talk about differentiation all the time, at GAVS it is an authentic practice.
Are you there?! Hopefully you are not lost just yet in the all the testing acronyms that are floating around this time of year.
“Mrs. Teixeira, will we always use ‘estar’ with present progressive?” “Are commas used the same way in Spanish as they are in English?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
In education we talk about differentiation all the time, at GAVS it is an authentic practice. Differentiation is the idea of givings students a variety of approaches to learn material and the opportunity to create custom products demonstrating mastery of the material. Differentiation can also provide enrichment and remediation. Over the years, Georgia Virtual has incorporated this principle into its courses.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wait, you mean to tell me that not everyone knows the special right triangles?!
You still there?! Remember no napping or drooling on the test. Let me share with you some of those resources I am familiar with (and maybe, just maybe you can share some in the comments below.). There are some great subscription (aka paid) sites out there for students to practice specified tests, even state level, and work out any remaining weaknesses they may have. Here we go:
- USATest Prep – straightforward practice tests of different lengths for multiple subject areas. The domains are broken down such that areas of weakness can be addressed with explanations and practice to ensure a better understanding.
- Schmoop – practice tests for multiple areas, drills on skills, explanations and all of this with some humor
I know, I hear you. You want FREE – I have, we have, the school has no $$. Besides, who really can resist free? What FREE resources exist? Depending on the test you can get them and they may not be as fancy or entertaining or time effective as the ones above.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
These are the kinds of questions that I receive from students who I will never meet in person but feel I am reaching due to constructing a strong foundation of communication early in the semester. Teachers must pay attention to detail and make that extra effort to “smile and wave” in the online world. Showing the students that I care about their progress and language learning is the reason I receive such thought-provoking questions. Students do notice when they are paged or emailed with comments asking what they did over the weekend or even about school dances and proms. Another way of making that personal contact can be shown within our news events. If a student submits a project that shows vast improvement or effort I often leave feedback asking not only if I may use it as a sample in a news event but also to confirm that via email. Often times they do! This fosters strong communication between teacher and student; they know that I focus on reading and listening to their assignments! Sending an note of encouragement to a student further demonstrates my acknowledgment towards their commitment to our class despite it being a difficult subject for them to master. Just today I received a reply from a student to whom I sent a message last week. In part of the letter the student said, “Thanks for having confidence in me!” Knowing that I am helping that student and being presented with questions such as “Why is ‘hacer’ and not ‘ser’ used with weather?” are truly great motivators for me as well. It is so empowering to be an educator to students in online education! We are riding on the cusp of something great!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Jane E. O'Brien, English Department Chair and
Authentic Feedback in the Online Classroom: Escaping the “Well Done”