Evaluate Reflection

iNacol, the International Association for Online Learning, publishes Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

Consider the following standards:

 

Standard D: The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback.

Standard G: The online teacher demonstrates competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning environments in ways that ensure validity and reliability of the instruments and procedures.

Standard H: The online teacher develops and delivers assessments, projects, and assignments that meet standards-based learning goals and assesses learning progress by measuring student achievement of the learning goals.

Standard I: The online teacher demonstrates competency in using data from assessments and other data sources to modify content and to guide student learning.

 

Answer in a complete paragraph response: How has the Evaluate module prepared you to meet each standard listed above? Link to or provide specific examples from your work in Evaluate. What strategies will you take away from the Evaluate module and apply to your teaching?  What lessons were most beneficial for you?

Standard D: The Evaluate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 1: Evaluation and Feedback. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Evaluate – Quality Feedback. This lesson was useful because it helped me to understand that feedback is VERY important in an online course . I have always used the “positive -negative-positive” sandwich in providing feedback as this allows the student to know what they did wrong while also knowing what they did right.

Standard G: The Evaluate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 1: Evaluation and Feedback. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Evaluate 1 – Summative Assessment.   This lesson taught me to be more aware of of the validity, reliability and security  of the assessments I choose to give in my courses. Although I was already doing these things innately, I always enjoy learning the reasons why thing should be done. Understanding the security of assessments will help the academic integrity of my digital (and traditional) classroom

Standard H: The Evaluate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 2:Data Sources. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Evaluate 2: Competencies. This lesson taught me a bit about the GaVS system and how to plan and grade based on competencies and learning objectives.  I have only ever graded assessment for the whole standard, I enjoyed seeing and learning about competency grading using the sub-standards. I find this to be very useful and a great way to grade.

Standard I: The Evaluate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 3:Data and Teaching Practices. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Evaluate 3 Personalized Teaching and Learning. This lesson was great because it taught it me that an online course can be personalized for students in much the same way as it is in my classroom. I also enjoyed learning that some LMS systems allow for IF THEN statements, for students to continue down their path. I do believe between the IF THEN statement and differentiated instruction students in an online course can learn so much.

Teaching Philosophy:

As a History teacher I want to create a learning environment that enables students freely explore and learn about history. My role as a learning facilitator, or “guide on the side”, is to help students obtain understanding of historical context and critically evaluate them in today’s world. I want all of my students to consider “How has this event, shaped and impacted out lives? My life?” Students will be asked to empathetic and become characters within history, in other words see history through the lens of Native Americans, African Americans, Women and Immigrants.

My goal is to not only guide students through their learning of history but also make them Global Digital Citizens, where they can contribute their newly found knowledge with others around the world.  As part of this, I aspire to have safe learning environment where students are unafraid to take risks and fail, because they can learn from their failures and TRY AGAIN.  I am a proponent of active learning; collaborating with others, discussing material in small group, whole class and even cross classes.  I believe in writing and in art. If a student is able to draw or explain what has been taught, then they have learned.  I also believe a student should be exposed to the same material repeatedly or using multi-modality techniques; watch a video, write about, discuss it draw it and share out your knowledge with others.

I pride myself in treating my students with respect, and creating a n environment in which they feel safe to openly ask questions and even fail. I get to know my students, not just their names, but what they do after school, their hobbies and clubs.

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