Course 1, orientation week 1

I wonder if anyone else struggles like I do to figure out the way new communities work? Not the read this, then write that, and finally respond to a classmate’s post of typical online courses. I’m thinking on the parts I don’t know. Someone said they’re the unknown unknowns. Comprehensively, I feel like I’m missing stuff.

Something new to me is the RSS feed. I’m not sure what it is yet but I’ve started a Feedly and added some instructional technology blogs. I even found it in the Play Store so I added it to my phone. I’m sure it’ll make sense eventually. Just like everything else, hopefully, maybe it will eventually make sense.

ISTE Standards. I am looking through the ISTE standards and two jump out at me, (a.) Designer (Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability) and (b.) Analyst (Educators understand and use data to drive their instruction and support students in achieving their learning goals). I have a passion for designing instruction and I look for designing opportunities in my everyday lesson planning. I enjoy trying out new apps and learning how to implement them for my students’ learning experiences. Second, analyst is where I can see providing the big impact on my students’ learning. We are currently talking formative assessment throughout the school and here is where I see the possibilities of implementing different ways of assessing my students to plan for their needs. My goal for this course is to show growth in using instructional technology, specifically in the areas of designing and analyzing. I hope to come away with new ideas and improve my practice.

This orientation week has not been easy! However, I feel excited about the learning about to happen and I’m looking forward to collaborating with everyone in the cohort. Now, I wonder what I’ve forgotten to do…

Course 1, my introduction

My name is Holly and I’m originally from North Carolina, USA. I currently live and work in Moscow, Russia with trips back home to NC twice a year to visit friends and family. This school year I am working as a grade 2 support teacher. I mainly work with students with learning differences and/or English as an additional language. I’m in Cohort 12 and you can find me on Twitter @holly28428.

My school suggested the opportunity to do the COETAIL courses. I am the typical teacher – a life long learner. I am always learning something new and I am looking forward to what I will learn next with this online learning experience!