Teacher’s answer the question: “What was the standout skill you learned from this course?”
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3 Hour Courses
2014 Website Reviews for Teachers
“The stand out activity was being introduced to new websites.” Kimberly L.
“Learning new math websites. Math is my favorite subject to teach but I often find that the games don't reinforce the knowledge and I found new websites that will meet this goal. I thought everything taught in this class was perfect.” Victoria W.
“The website integration project helped me to apply the knowledge that I obtained in the course.” Bridget M
“I liked learning the many different uses for class dojo. I didn't realize that you could send pictures and videos to parents. This would help the parents see what their children are working on in school. I thought this course was exactly what was stated in the outline.” Amy T.
“I enjoyed finding different websites that I might use in my classroom. I was not aware of most of these, so it was good to find new resources.” Elaine K.
2016 Website Reviews for Teachers
“Too many times teachers do not have the opportunity to explore all of the educational resources on the internet. This course made it possible for me to examine particular websites that I was very interested in. This course provided a great opportunity to examine websites while receiving Act 48 credits. I only needed a few more hours to keep my certificate active, and this was a perfect solution.” Francine S.
“Reviewing the websites was very helpful and many of them will be useful in class. These were all websites I was not aware of before this class.” Robin K.
“The integration website resources project was a stand-out skill project as it helped me to apply the course content to daily instructional practices.” Bridgett M.
“Plickers and the Kahoot! websites stood out to me because they are so engaging for the students. They are taking a "test" and don't even know it! These are great "exit slip"/formative assessment tools! Thank you for sharing! The websites were very helpful and full of valuable information. I was very happy to learn about these sites - I have not heard of most of them!” Lisa K.
“I really enjoyed evaluating these 5 websites. It was really fun to maneuver around the site in a way I never had before. The App Review worksheet really helped to analyze the usefulness, accessibility and over all implementation of the website. It was thought provoking and effective in applying the website.” Karen M.
“I loved the learning pod site. I think that site will provide a compact way to deliver more engaging information.” Janet R.
“Creating a product using one of the websites. Great way to really explore it!” Amanda C.
Activities for the Inclusion Classroom
“Being able to include students of all levels of learning because that is what this lesson focused on.” Jessica S.
“Caught Texting activity---students will be thrilled to do it.” Bethany K.
“I found that the activities listed were ones I could directly apply to my lessons tomorrow.” Tara W.
“Linking lesson plans to Common Core. We are working on Common Core at my school and now I have 3 new lesson plans to use. I thought it was great!” Meredith F.
“I appreciated the Three Strategy Implementation project because it gave me access to 10 different activities and allowed me to choose those most applicable to my classroom.” Heidi L.
“I enjoyed the lesson planning. I had never thought of performing modern day interest based activities, such as texting or making a FB page, to learn about a figure in history. This could be a super fun way to learn, review and test!” Amy J.
“I really enjoyed the video analysis section of this course. I watched it multiple times to see the collaboration between the teachers and their interactions with their students in the different settings. I feel that sharing information and researching instruction with other teaching professionals is critical to the development of students as learners.” Sarah B.
“The Google Earth activity. I think it is a great idea to show the students pictures of a region or historical site that they studied. Very useful.” Suzanne H.
“Addressing different learning styles and ability levels. I chose this because it is very challenging to achieve this in the classroom and this course provided examples and real projects that can be used to do just that.” Andrew P.
“I actually enjoyed the activity titled "Virtual Tour". I think my students would get into it because I not only have them learning about famous musicians, but adding their prediction of their future and how it could unfold, which could keep students interested.” Kristie H.
Elementary Website Reviews for Teachers
“Reviewing all of the websites - what great new resources to have!” Jean B.
“Browsing/becoming aware of and familiar with these websites. They are valuable, but without this course I would not likely have taken the time to get to know them.” Wendy M.
“The stand-out skill for this class was exposure to wonderful educational websites. I became aware of many websites that I had not previously known.” Kathleen M.
“I learned about many new websites that were available. I was not aware of their existence before this course.” Elaine K.
“Stand out skill was being able to better evaluate the pros and cons of various websites. There are so many websites that provide interactive games and activities for students but I feel like it is important to consider which ones will be easy for students to navigate or consider if they have ads, etc. I feel like I take more time doing that now.” Carey A.
Grade Sheet in Excel
“Both projects helped me develop my excel skills for the classroom.” Felice I.
“Class Grade Sheet - I often have to present data to parents, administration and other support staff for meetings or placement purposes. This would allow for more professional looking presentation and eliminate much of the math involved.” Tabitha M.
“Using formulas in Excel to make quick calculations.” Kristal P.
“The class grade sheet because i will be able to use this when teaching and doing grades in the future.” Rebecca L.
“Student Grade Sheet because I think it is important for students to see their grades for each project so they can improve before the report cards come out.” Alaina K.
Pre-K Websites and Apps Review
“Researching the various websites. I learned of the existence of so many useful websites that I was not aware of. I like the variety of resources that each site offers. I especially like the fact that there are interactive sites for students as well as sites with resources for teachers.” Diane E.
“I often don't have time to look for resources on the web, this was a great opportunity to do so in a narrowed field. I will use at least three of the sites regularly now and recommend them to others.” Wendy A.
Science Website and Apps Reviews
“Integrating the website resources by creating an activity was the stand-out activity for me. This is because I had to take what I learned and implement it in a practical way.” Meagan S.
“I chose to create a lesson using one of the websites that I discovered during this course. I reason that I chose to create a lesson was because it has direct application within my classroom and I will implement the lesson in the upcoming school year.” Jean S.
“Some of the websites I learned about were very cool and usable for the classroom.” LaVonna W.
Social Studies Website Reviews for Teachers
“The variety of sites offered. I liked that they weren't just history or geography. All aspects of social studies were demonstrated.” Jean B.
“I enjoyed exploring all the different websites. There is such a variety of websites for social studies teaching that it often makes it hard to get a handle on the best. This course helped narrow the field.” Victoria W.
“The integration of website resources project was the "Stand Out" activity as it was helpful to integrate the information of the course into my content area.” Bridgette M.
“I think the value of this course was the introduction to various social studies websites that can be very useful in the classroom. If not for this course, I probably would not have found these sites.” Stacey P.
Story Maker Reading Strategy
“The stand-out skill was personally completing the story maker reading strategy. I think that was the best way for me to understand the strategy and I enjoyed completing it. If I enjoyed completing it, then chances are my students will too. I think it is a very effective teaching tool for reading and I like how the course approached it.” Meagan S.
“This lesson offered a different strategy when presenting new vocabulary to enhance reading skills. Learning new key words and using them in a creative writing lesson sounds like a fun and effective way to secure comprehension and reading fluency.” Marilyn B.
“I really liked how it started off by going through the strategy from a student's point of view. That really helped me see how beneficial and engaging it would be for a student.” Erika B.
“The stand-out skill was the introduction of new words in a fun way that uses critical thinking. It seems anytime a student uses critical thinking skills, the idea seems to take root.” Amber M.
“Enhanced reading activities. I am always looking for new and innovative ways for students to express knowledge and this is a great method!” Katie R.
“Use of story in vocabulary development- a creative, engaging way to teach what is typically a tedious lesson.” Marian R.
Using Tables in Word 2007-2010
“I use tables all the time in my classroom for different things. We recently updated to 2016 Word and this course has helped me learn new ways to create and make my tables more effective.” Amy K.
“Several specific ways of changing a table. Lots of good tidbits!” Joe U.
“I appreciated learning to use tables to create grading rubrics.” Karen D.
“The Lesson Plan Project was great, as it will be used all the time when I have to prepare with a new course or textbook.” Pamela B.
“Removing borders and merging/splitting cells because I didn't know how to do this and now that I do, I can create better tables in less time.” Wendy E.
Weighted Grade Sheet in Excel
“To help organize my student grades and help my students become more accountable with their own learning.” Elizabeth M.
“Learning to do the weighted grade sheet and template that I can adapt for my class.” Katherine G.
“I am retired and only have used paper pencil for grading. Wanting to update my technology skills for classroom.” Naomi R.
6 Hour Courses
Triggers: PowerPoint Advanced Skill
“I am excited to be able to bring a new level of PowerPoint presentations to my classroom. I love that I have this new skill!” Elizabeth L.
“The stand-out skill in this lesson was learning how to use and create triggers in a Powerpoint. It takes several steps to put triggers in a power point and this lesson walked me through each step.” Nealy D.
“Completing the game using triggers, it helped cement the skills being taught.” Loretta M.
“I enjoyed the activity -- I used volleyball PowerPoint. I used this because I teach 8 units in my class. Every unit has a quiz at the end of it. I believe with me adding a power point quiz on to our google classroom this will enable my students to perform better on their unit quizzes and quarter assessments.” Keith C.
“I enjoyed the animation pane. It made me feel like I was programming.” Anne M.
Universal Design for Learning
“I thought the projects in this lesson were a helpful way about reinforcing the information presented in course. I really enjoyed the Myth of Average video and the way it made me view approaching students.” Tanya B.
“As a special education teacher I am always looking for any new information to enhance my teaching. While I have learned about UDL through school, it was great to learn about it and re-visit it.” Meghan Q.
“Giving students autonomy to choose their own activities or modes of learning.” Irene S.
“I think the reworking a lesson was really beneficial. It helped me to look again at my instruction process and gage the outcome I was seeking would in fact be achievable. I really re-worked my lesson!” Karen M.
“I really enjoyed the TEDex video. I found the fighter pilots metaphor very useful.” Melissa W.
15 Hour Courses
Microsoft Word for Educators
“I particularly enjoyed where I was able to design my own test. Many times this can be time consuming, however using Microsoft Word can indeed speed up the process.” Scott F.
“I enjoyed learning some new skills for copying images and inserting texts, as well as learning how to cite references and do a bibliography.” Sandra S.
“Using references. I had no previous experience using these functions.” Jeffrey C.
“The certificate because that was a new skill for me and it looked very professional when completed.” Lisa N.
“The parent letter/ merged letter. I did not know how to take a generic letter and easily insert information for my whole class without doing each individual student. Definitely a lesson I will use in the future!” Bracey B.
“Writing the report. I am an elementary school teacher and it was useful learning how to insert references and creating a bibliography.” Maria M.
“Creating a test inside Microsoft Word. I have to make tests (or at least create sections to add to the ones that come with my textbook) almost every week, and this course gave me a lot of tools to make those tests better organized, more focused, and easier for students to understand.” Charles L.
“The Report. I was challenged to choose a professional topic, given that I am now a consultant and researcher. I liked that you opened it up to be a report of practical use. I would teach such a class again.” Dr. Madelene O.
“Loved the merged letter - I have used Word for years, I never used this feature or really looked at it. Thought the course was great and explained very well.” Teresa B.
Microsoft Excel for Educators
“The stand out activity was the grade sheet; it was very valuable for me to learn how to use a spreadsheet to calculate grades.” Louise S.
“I learned a lot from all of the projects as I did not know how to use EXCEL. Most schools in my area use a commercial gradebook, so I probably won't have to make my own. I will use mail merge to communicate with parents, that is certain. I believe that the budget activity was a stand-out project as well as it introduced me to the formulas used in EXCEL and could be easily used in a home economics or life skills class.” Andrea K.
“The standout projects in this lesson were creating a grade sheet and address/mail merge. These two projects will be useful in my classroom and used on a regular basis.” Nadeen R.
“Adding student records when doing the grade sheet. It was nice to learn how to add more students without disrupting the outcome of others already in the spreadsheet. I am always getting new students in my classroom and adding them in the mix is always a problem.” Robert S.
“Mail Merge feature. I could never get this right in the past. This section was very helpful.” John H.
“The stand out skill, for me, was setting up the spreadsheet. The format was explained well and easy to follow.” Elizabeth R.
“Financial Budget: I chose this course because this is something that I could use everyday in my personal life not just in a professional scenario.” Ryan R.
Microsoft PowerPoint for Educators
“I really enjoyed the Interactive Presentation because it allowed you to have more freedom with content and design. It also allowed me to try my skills at using shapes to create different images for the presentation.” Adam M.
“The stand-out skill for me was adding references, I was unfamiliar with this skill, so it took a little bit of time to understand how to use it.” Carole M.
“I chose the interactive game skills as my stand-out skills. These skills could be adapted to any of my lessons to make a quick and fun review for my students.” Susan D.
“Interactive Games- I had absolutely no experience with this aspect of Power Point. I was stuck on animating objects. What stood out was how accessible the staff at The Teachers Academy is- they were truly a lifesaver!” Tamara C.
“Interactive Presentation. I was glad to learn the trigger function, as I can see it helping in the classroom, making the work more interactive and changing from the usual routine.” Irene S.
“I think the stand out skill for me was learning how to use triggers. I had no experience with those and it will be fun to create interactive games for my students in the future.” Leslie S.
“I think interactive presentation was definitely the stand out activity. I had never created or used Powerpoint in that way and never knew how to use triggers. It was interesting to learn about and create the game. I have many ideas of how to use triggers and games on power point in my classroom.” Julianne T.
Internet Research, Cyber Safety and Social Media
“The web search project was helpful because it helped me to see the importance of scaffolding the process of learning how to search the internet. It is easy to forget that navigating the internet takes skills that need to be practice at all learning levels.” Amy Y.
“How to use Wikispaces--I had never used this before and thought this was another good way to have students interact.” Paula C.
“I think creating the web-search was the most useful for me--I was able to create something I could immediately utilize with my current curriculum.” Harry C.
“Probably making a lesson plan to cover plagiarism because it is so important- often we just talk about what not to do and don't include what to do.” Darlene P.
“The 'wake-up' call regarding cyber bullying as it relates to social media.” Andrew S.
“Creating blogs and wikis for the classroom. I have not used wikis or class blogs. I will be incorporating them in my classroom next year. They can be amazing tools to enhance the learning experience.” Maria M.
“Learning to use the Edublogs and Wikispaces was invaluable. Will definitely be taking those into my classroom.” Ronald S.
“Web Search. I thought it was interesting and think it will be a good project in the classroom.” Margaret D.
“Creating the wiki page was the stand out skill/ project in this lesson. I chose this lesson because this project taught me a way to connect with students on many levels in and out side of the classroom. I am now able to extend teaching time to reach students who need help once they are home.” Ryan R.
Computers the VERY Basics for the PC
“The web search activity was a stand-out because I enjoyed learning about new subjects and topics.” Kim L.
“Writing a letter to parents, because it made me reflect on my teaching and the goals I have for my students.” Steve F.
“Binary and Base 10. I had not used or converted these in many years. It was a good refresher for skills that had long been forgotten.” Susan D.
“I liked the explanations of how the computer worked and what the hardware and software was called. Also, I liked the information about the internet.” Elaine K.
“I enjoyed learning the formatting skills in the word processing section. Most beneficial to helping in my daily classroom work.” Melissa B.
“I found writing the parent letter to be the most beneficial for me I was able to look at different ways to present the letter. I'm sure that I will now experiment more with different fonts, pictures and such when I send out any new correspondence.” Alison M.
“I really benefited from the section of Parts of the Desktop, because I was so unfamiliar with the terminology.” Jessica G.
“Trying to figure out how to zip a set of files but by far the most difficult part of the class but finally knowing how to do it has been a skill I have used a few times since then.” Doug B.
Video Production with Windows Movie Maker
“Persuasive Message--I can now download my vacation pictures and create movies.” Paula C.
“The stand-out skill in this lesson was using Video Maker to create videos and animations. I chose this course because I show a video every year of what we did and learned during the year at our Christmas party. My children have created the video in the past, but are now growing up and moving on to other things. The parents and children really enjoy the video and I wanted to be able to create it myself with the students input.” Irene G.
“Since I am a music teacher, I needed to be more prepared when I create a movie with my students.” Janet A.
“Changing audio volume levels is an important skill because you can lower the volume of music to hear speakers.” Susan W.
Google Docs for Educators
“I liked the survey and then merging it into a letter. I had trouble doing that in the future but the directions were very clear on how to do it. I will be able to use that a lot when obtaining information from my parents. I love knowing where to get the responses as well. I've tried doing this before but had a lot of trouble, got frustrated, and quit.” Lynn O.
“Online surveys - These surveys can help provide feedback from parents to enhance instruction catered to individual needs.” Jean B.
“Creating test on Google Docs. I can now create any form, test, or worksheet I need.” Erin S.
“The parent survey was beneficial. I was not aware that I could create an online survey and have the results merged onto a spreadsheet. In the past I have asked parents for this information and then I have to create my own spreadsheet by typing in their responses myself I will use this format from now on.” Bridgett C.
“I loved the mail merge feature that was taught. I feel this was easy to use and will be very convenient in real life.” Stacy P.
“Merging documents--challenging, useful and a time-saver.” Kelly S.
“The survey and learning to merge. I feel like this will save me a tremendous amount of time.” Sierra L.
“Parent Survey. I think this is a great resource to be able to use. I have already made one and sent it out to my fellow peers to get some answers.” Bracey B.
“Google Forms-Survey and Responses. I can use this for so much.” Leigh T.
“I think that the google forms and the mail merge was a great learning experience. I also think that actually sharing our folder with the teacher academy was a practical way to learn how to 'share' and useful as well.” Maegan S.
“The mail merge feature was amazing. I have spent hours typing in information for my students by hand and it was most time consuming. This feature which I never experienced before was wonderful. You only have to enter the information initially into your survey and going through a few quick steps, all the data has been laid out and organized for quick and easy reference.” Karen S.
“The survey ... it was my first experience with this function and provided me with some good ideas on how I can use it in the future.” Kyle F.
“Creating a parent survey with Google Forms. This was so interesting to me! I loved learning how to do this because I had to fill out one for my son's back to school night!” Jennifer R.
“Making the survey, I like how user friendly making the survey was and I was able to ask the questions I wanted to ask. I also liked the way it made charts and compile the answers for me.” Mary Y.
“Developing a letter to the parents with information received from survey. this will be very helpful for the nurse's office in my communication with parents/guardians.” Alison M.
As a special education teacher, I use surveys as a critical part of my job. The survey project is an excellent tool I can use immediately in my classroom.” Nancy H.
Google Slides for Educators
“The Interactive Slide Show because it is something I had not done before and can definitely be used in the classroom as something fresh and interesting.” Deborah G.
“It was interesting to see the types of slide presentations that could be made. I have zero experience with Power Point or Google Slides, so it was interesting to see the different types of presentations and think about how each one could be used.” Tamie B.
“I liked learning how to hyperlink slides because it will be useful in creating review games.” Stacy P.
“I really liked the interactive presentation. I will use this in my classroom for vocabulary games and social studies reviews.” Delores S.
“I liked the interactive presentation because it will help me increase my technology use in the classroom, allow for more student engagement, and will help keep the interest of my students.” Jennifer R.
“The stand out project for me was the book report because this was definitely something I could have my students do.” Susan T.
“Interactive Menu Presentation- took my slides/ppt abilities to a new level!” Amanda C.
Google Sheets for Educators
“Learning to make address labels. It's super useful and I never knew how to do it.” Katelyn M.
“The grade sheet because I can set up a template with the formulas and use the basic layout for all marking periods.” Amy P.
“Label making was easier than Excel, may use for my own labels.” Chris S.
“The budget sheet because I can use it in my personal life as well as in the classroom for recording field trip information.” Delores S.
“Formulas - we use formulas in sheets in just about every project we do.” Ryder P.
“The stand-out skill/project for me in this lesson was the mail merge. I've never been able to figure out how to do these easily in Excel. And, if I do find instructions for doing a mail merge, it just doesn't seem to work out. The mail merge instructions in this lesson made it easy!” Diane T.
“Budget- I had used a variety of platforms to make budget spreadsheets but learned key skills like formatting, more advanced formulas, and inserting charts to make it very visually pleasing and more beneficial to use.” Amanda C.
“Gradebook, I think it is would be a great opportunity for students to track their own progress.” April C.
Creating a School Garden
“I enjoyed designing a garden because students would absolutely love to participate in creating one and learning from it. I enjoyed this course and would love to see this at our schools.” Lisa N.
“Proposal Writing....I have created a school garden before, but was not in on the proposal process. This really made me aware of all that goes into it.” Kerry V.
“The Action Plan. It made me think out what we needed to accomplish our goal.” Stephanie L.
“I really enjoyed examining the different plants and when they should be planted in our region. That is something that will be very helpful to me.” Elaine K.
“Designing the garden, I was able to use skills from other courses to design the garden with the computer.” Chris S.
“The chore chart, this is something I already do in class, but this encouraged me to make a better one than I have before. Also with the "Activity" I expanded on the journaling that I require, it'll be a lot nicer to hand the sheet to the kids when I come to the assignment and them be able to see exactly what I want.” Johnna T.
“Creating the action plan for presenting a learning garden to the school administration was a very important skill to learn although writing the action plan was strenuous at times it was very much a skill worth learning.” Jazmine H.
“Project #5 was great. I combined it with science and Spanish vocabulary while cross - referencing various textbooks, dictionaries and provided handout.” Kathleen V.
“I really enjoyed designing my own garden. I had some issues with the website that it directed me to, finding plants for my zone, but between google and some other sites found it helpful and now I'm ready to put into action.” Jessica G.
Critical Thinking and Literacy Strategies
“RAFT- I thought it was a really user-friendly idea to use in the classroom. I also liked that I would be able to use it with any subject.” Stephanie J.
“I liked the idea of reformulating text to a different format. I have never used it, and I would like to see if it would help some of my learners.” Anne F.
“Strategies to implement and explicitly teach critical thinking skills.” Laura H.
“The stand out project in this lesson was the Text Reformulation. I enjoyed and learned a lot about reading an informational article and then reformulating it into another format. I really had to think about how to make one piece of text into another.” Amy F.
“After Reading Strategy- Open and Closed Questions. It made me more aware of using higher order thinking skills for pre-, during-, and post-reading activities.” Katherine P.
“Text reformulation - this is a really quick and easy way to engage the students and promote higher order thinking.” Wendy T.
“Insert Notes - I feel that the students that I teach (special needs) will be able to effectively and easily use this to take notes. Many of my students have trouble organizing their thought in writing. This streamlines the process for them noting important and confusing information within texts.” Stacey R.
“I liked the reciprocal teaching chart. I haven't seen this one, and I think I'll definitely use it. It's a short and simple way to see what students understand. It also requires students to think about their own learning.” Lisa B.
“I liked the RAFT best because it was a very different, fun, and creative way to think about a piece of writing.” Margaret P.
“I really liked how we tried each literacy strategy ourselves to better see how it helps students.” Jessica T.
“I really liked both the RAFT and the text reformulation activities. I got a lot out of them and I plan to use them this year with students. These activities encourage creativity and allow for students' unique talents to shine. I think the course was full of useful information.” Wendy E.
“The ReQuest was "stand out" project was not really a project so much as an activity I used the very next day in my classroom. I loved every minute having the students ask me questions about a text we read as a class. Then, reversing the role and myself asking students the closed and open questions was fun and I felt our learning community grow along with student confidence. It was awesome to see my students looking through the text to ask the best open question to make me look for evidence in my answer, we all had so much fun.” Vanessa T.
“Text Reformulation. I had never heard of this skill, and it made me think about what I read in order to tell about it in an acrostic poem.” Teresa B.
"I really love the section on insert notes and talk to text. Although they were shorter sections of the lesson, I feel they are valuable and I can relate to those tasks very well.” Katie L.
“Reading Strategies- I feel like I could easily and quickly incorporate most of these beginning, during, and after reading activities in my classroom currently.” DeAmber W.
“I enjoyed using and practicing each reading strategy. I learn best hands on and the projects were engaging and are strategies that I will definitely use in my classroom.” Erica R.
Teaching Math Using Common Core Standards
“The most helpful part of the course was the requirement for writing actual lesson plans that I can implement in my classroom. I am moving grade levels again next year-- from kindergarten to third grade. Now I have three lesson plans I could actually use next year!” Janine H.
“Honestly, getting familiar with the common core standards for 2nd grade which I will be teaching next year.” Rebecca M.
“I really enjoyed completing the lesson plans and color-coding them based on the mathematical practices and learning objectives. This helped me see how I directly address the mathematical practices and through which activities. Also, I was able to identify the times when I directly addressed the learning objectives and what activities were successful for the students.” Michelle F.
“The lesson plans. I have been away from lesson planning for a bit and seeing the lesson plans and knowing I will use them in my classroom in the future was a big help.” Krista S.
“Overall, writing up lesson plans in each of the domains was very beneficial for me. It required me to take the standards and really think about each and how I am going to teach my students in a way that the demonstrating understanding. Color coding each step in the procedure to match a standard was very challenging, but required me to make sure that I was actually meeting each standard.” Caitlin G.
Teaching Science Using Common Core Standards
“Learning to implement reading and writing within my science curriculum.” Ruby D.
“Project #4 because it made me apply the knowledge I had just learned about the Common Core Standards.” Janine H.
“The modified lesson plan was the stand-out activity in this course. Although there were elements that I did find a little confusing or that I could have used help understanding how to complete them, those are the activities that I learn best from because I really have to apply myself. It was good to take the knowledge I gained from the course and to have to apply it to a lesson I might actually teach my students.” Caitlin G.
Preference Based Teaching Strategies
“I really enjoyed researching different preference based teaching strategies. I found several things I could use with my students right now, and it opened my eyes to ways I could do things that would make it more interesting for specific students.” Carly C.
“This class gave me a new approach on teaching, I really liked the idea of being a motivator instead of giving a reward. I don't want my students to think they get a reward every time. However, by looking for my student’s strengths I can plan lessons that will keep them engaged throughout my lessons.” Melissa H.
“The observation because it gave me the opportunity to step back and notice the skills that my student did have, rather than focusing on what he was not able to do.” Sue D.
“Researching the PBT literacy activities. Creating the lesson plan after that was much easier than expected since the work and true understanding was put in place from the research prior to creating the lesson plan!” Suzanne D.
“Observation-- because Student A, my student, is autistic and not able to perform abled student tasks, but his mother asks me to get him up to speed for entering a mainstream classroom with nominal accommodations... to make him abled.” Kelly F.
“It was useful for me to look at the preferences of my child with sensory integration problems and look at how the use of motivators might enhance his skill development.” Jessica B.
“Read, Research and Brainstorm for Ideas Project. As stated, I have used some of these strategies in the past. However, the activity had me stretch my imagination and research numerous sites for added ideas. It helped me develop a network of resources for future and current use in my classroom. I greatly enjoyed this class. I love being able to immediately implement ideas into my classroom that I learned through this course.” Nancy H.
“Learning about the how all music relates to each other, teaching the students that will be amazing.” Brendan S.
“Analyzing lyrics. It forced me to examine the lyrics of an influential song and made me relate it to the historical context.” Erin M.
“I enjoyed doing the Rock Lesson and choosing a song that is written about my hometown.” Amy P.
“Analyze the Lyrics- This is something I try to do with my students to get them to think and it also has a cross curricular connection to Reading.” Keri M.
“Examining rock music as it relates to social issues and using rock songs/lyrics to evaluate current social/political issues.” Wayne S.
“Listening to the sound bites and finding out some trivial things I never knew. I can use these sound bites in many of my history classes.” Renee W.
“The lesson plan where I will use the information from the Rock History class as part of my beginning of the year introduction. I am interested to see how it goes this coming school year! The musical clips will be helpful as well.” David H.
“I've used a lot of music while teaching ELA, but realize now History can be taught by following the timeline of the history of rock n roll!” Pam B.
“Having the sound bites embedded in the lesson made it easy to learn the skill the lesson was teaching. While reading, you were able to hear what the style the lesson was describing. This will be used in my classroom lesson plans. We are now a one-to-one school so I am able to embed these sound bites into their lesson.” Joseph D.
Cyber Bullying Facts and Prevention
“I enjoyed the Cyberbullying Research Center site. I was very interested in the resources and case law.” Marianne R.
“The Cyber Bullying State Law Research project was interesting and informative. It also provided clear information regarding laws and policy regarding the laws in each state. As an educator, I believe it is imperative to know the laws regarding cyber bullying in our state especially since these cases are increasing.” Bridgett M.
“Learning the state laws for bullying. That is something every educator should know. The laws will change over time, but the basis of bullying laws should be reviewed every year.” Angela N.
“Reading and summarizing the true accounts of students who had resorted to suicide after being cyber bullied.” Kimberly K.
“I really appreciated looking at resources for students, parents, and educators. I was able to add a number of items to my "toolkit" for teaching cyber safety in my transition classes.” Ginger G.
“Getting the classroom teacher 'immersed' into the topic of cyber bullying.” Andrew S.
“The Bullying Research website was a great reference to find!” Pamela B.
“I enjoyed the scenario project because it allows you to apply what you have learned in a real-life way.” Jessica T.
“There were several extremely helpful resource pages listed throughout this course as well as information for communicating with school administration about these matters.” Jazmine H.
“Writing the report on the Cyber Bullying Research Website was very informative. I learned a lot from this project and the website.” LeAnne P.
“Learning exactly what cyber bullying is and how to combat it. Having this knowledge myself means I can apply it to every part of the school atmosphere, students, teachers and parents, and make the knowledge and its effects more far reaching than just one person.” Jennifer H.
“I really enjoyed the website review. I was unaware of many of the resources mentioned and plan to implement them in my classroom.” Tricia F.
“Blended learning is a new concept for me and I look forward to implementing some of the new websites I was introduced to, information I gained, and research that support a blended learning environment.” Cari C.
“I felt the most valuable activity was distinguishing the various Blended Learning models and how schools have incorporated those models.” F. L.
“I enjoyed learning about flipped classrooms. It seems to just make sense to run a classroom using this model.” Lisa N.
“Seeing the non-traditional schools because they were so positive and exciting.” Deborah B.
“Exposure to different resources to implement blended learning in my course. I liked the comprehensive list of resources and the ability to look through them to determine which ones would work for my lesson planning.” Catherine B.
“I liked the resource section because it provides a variety of apps for me to use without me having to hunt them down.” Erik S.
“Ted Talk reaction- I spent a lot of time watching and evaluating what was shared.” Chris S.
“The videos to see how the various blended learning models were being implemented into real school settings.” Edward G.
“I developed a lesson using several of the sources listed in the course to create a Blended Learning lesson with Google Art Project and many other items. I'm interested to see how the lesson goes later next Spring.” David H.
“Reviewing the blended resources was a great activity because it allowed me to browse through the resource list to find ones that I could use in my classroom.” Erica R.
18 Hour Courses
Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom
“The stand-out project for me was just being able to design a classroom. It's always fun to look at what is possible when you don't have to worry about money.” Rita W.
“I loved designing my dream school. How inspiring!” Tricia F.
“Inspiring teachers because it really made me think about how to interact with students in a way that will enhance their desire to be successful and work hard. This was an enjoyable yet informational and useful course” Kerry V.
“The videos were amazingly inspirational.” Matthew D.
“Teaching what students are curious about. It is a simple concept but can get lost in the demands placed on teachers.” Maria M.
“Happiness Activity, I like that it allowed me to focus on myself. I started keeping a journal. It feels good to add a little happiness to my life.” Ellen C.
“The Sugara Mitra analysis. It made me think about how technology could be used to tap into student curiosity.” Matt C.
“Project #7: Dream Big Building or Classroom Design was a stand-out project for me. I chose this project because it allowed me to think critically about the importance of a good learning environment for my students and how an inviting and innovative classroom could create an optimal learning experience for my students.” Angelia M
“I loved the message of Rita Pierson in the "Every Child Needs a Champion" TED Talk. I think this should be mandatory viewing for every teacher across America on the first in-service day of each school year!” Julie B.
“Project 5: Curious Activities I really liked this project because it made me think about how to spark curiosity in my lessons to make them fun but also covering topics for learning.” Leanne P.
“I enjoyed the Ted Talks that were linked to this course; I especially resonated with the one Rita Pierson gave about developing a classroom in which your students feel welcomed and liked.” Rachael M.
“Designing my own classroom. I had to push beyond the standard thoughts and dream big, it was fun!” Suzanne D.
“Rita Pierson Ted Talk - I love the statement "seek first to understand than to be understood" This is a powerful statement that reminds teachers to listen more to their students.” Nancy H.
“I really enjoyed watching the videos. I got a lot of great ideas from them.” Jessica G.
“This is a hard question to answer because the course gave such a variety of activities and I felt all were exciting well presented, and challenging. The most difficult was the designing of my own "dream school" but the most thought provoking was the TEDed videos-both of them actually (everyone needs a hero and the Asian school).” Heather A.
“Two of the videos were exceptional. The "Rita Pierson Every Kid Needs a Champion" was very inspiring and it gave me a great boost in the classroom as did "Shawn Achor, The Happy Secret to Better Work". Both of these videos gave me some new tools for the social emotional tool kit for my students as well as helping me to have a more positive attitude during some very challenging times in the classroom. I also found the information provided about the Greener classrooms and the one Middle school teacher who taught about history with hands on activities.” Elizabeth E.
“I loved the Dream Big Building Design project because it is a future goal of mine to have my own childcare building. This gave me an opportunity to explore that.” Andrea G.
Graphic Organizers for Educators
“The organizers for brainstorming and fact-storming based on the many options you can use for teaching students and keep them interested.” Ryan S.
“The vocabulary notebook was the most useful and unique that I can quickly implement in any subject. Getting more details on a grading rubric was also very useful.” Michelle L.
“The connection organizer really helped me think about the article I choose on a much higher level. I think it will really help students in 6-12 grades expand their thinking about the things they are reading.” Robin K.
“I think the word chart is a great way for students to visualize words and is a great tool for educators.” Amy P.
“A standout project in this lesson for me was the Organizers project. I learned how to make my own graphic organizers and I look forward to using them in my classroom.” Amy F.
“I enjoyed creating the Intelligence Organizer. After doing the basics on this, I was able to make it into something that I think my students will enjoy doing.” Rosemary K.
“I enjoyed the vocabulary assignment because it is an area that I don't often do justice to so I'm excited to be able to improve my teaching in that important area.” Janet R.
“I loved the vocabulary notebooks because I can see myself using these in my third-grade science class. Students can look the words up, draw an example of the words, and also include definitions, pronunciations, synonyms, and antonyms. This notebook can be something that the students grow proud of as they accumulate more words and more knowledge.” Lindy C.
“Vocabulary organizer-I feel like it really helps the student to visualize and organize the new words. I enjoyed using the shapes and feel like it looks very attractive and interesting for the students.” Lisa R.
“I learned the most from the Notebook section. I know vocabulary is very important and this section gave some new ideas as to how to help my students make connections. I liked the layout of the project and that fact that I had to give extra thought to get a good graphic organizer for my grade 11 students.” Susan F.
Microsoft Mix for Educators
“All of the Mix activities were relevant to my teaching pedagogy. I was able to apply the assignments to the courses I teach.” Jennifer D.
“The screen recording that incorporates the animation and notation along with it while talking.” Bonnie D.
“The final mix. It brought everything together, and it made me think about how I could incorporate all of the elements I'd learned into a lesson.” Matthew C.
Mindfulness in Education
“Lesson plan. I learned how to put what I learned over the entire course into practice.” Frank V.
“The personal mindfulness practice--this has been something I've wanted to cultivate and needed a bit of a push to follow through. But the personal reflection and habits have proved sustainable and meaningful, and offer greater clarity for classroom planning, especially in terms of cultivating a strong and compassionate classroom community which provides students with tools for self-regulation, reflection and collaborating; it has further given me greater confidence in implementing modified activities with students.” Wendy M.
“The mindfulness practice activities, because I will continue to us them.” Vivian R.
“Mindfulness journal. The will be the most applicable to my work and life.” Melanie L.
“I have been interested in mindfulness in my own life and I was excited to see it applied to students in the classroom.” Emily G.
“The scenario project stood out. It helped me think about thinking. I have been teaching for 20 years. All of that time with 5 and 6 year olds. A lot of what I do is automatic. I enjoyed the challenge for my own thinking.” Rebecca B.
“I can't choose just one because they were all essential and flowed seamlessly. I felt as though I was building knowledge and skills as each activity grew a little more challenging. As a science teacher, I loved learning the neuroscience behind mindfulness, but I also really enjoyed the journaling, videos, creating my own practice and even the lesson plan (which was probably the most challenging but also the most rewarding).” Paige Z.
“The Lesson Plan. I chose this because I will be using this in my class from now as a way to practice mindfulness now that "end of year" syndrome has set in. Also, the websites provided in coordination with this activity will provide me with a wealth of knowledge and ideas as I progress as a teacher.” Paola Y.
“I enjoyed writing the lesson plan. In the beginning, I had one approach on it and it was focused on the senses then because of the coursework and the scenario I was able to deepen the concept. I enjoyed this because it gave me the ability to write a lesson for a class that could be part of the curricula then it was able to take students on a deeper journey at the end. Before this course, I wouldn't have thought to take it the one step deeper.” Shannon U.
“Loved the reviews - I felt I learned the most from listening to experts and facts. I loved it just the way it was delivered.” Catherine G.
“I thought this course was very clear and purposeful. I can see this being used in any grade during any walk of life. I would strongly recommend this development to any teacher I work with.” Vanessa T
“I valued the practical application of mindfulness. It was important for me to experience the benefits of mindfulness personally. I appreciate the benefit my students experience indirectly, and the experience is allowing me to teach mindfulness from a stronger place.” Laura L.
“The Establishing a Practice (project) because it made me incorporate what I was learning into my daily life.” Lynn H.
“The 3-Day Meal Plan was eye opening! I thought I was somewhat well versed on nutrition, and I thought my personal daily eating plans were pretty good, until I did this 3-Day Meal Plan. I learned a lot of nutritional information and look forward to using it to revise my own eating habits.” Kristin C.
“Making my 3-day menu as it made me really take a look at how much of each category (calories, fats, carbs, sodium, etc) I was consuming. It was helpful.” Debra G.
“I liked the food label scavenger hunt because it allowed me to really examine the food I believed was "healthy" and "unhealthy." Erik S.
“I enjoyed looking up my daily nutrition information to see how many calories and how much sodium, calcium, iron, etc. I should be consuming a day. And then comparing that to what I eat a day!” Katelyn G.
“The scavenger hunt activity was great because I was able to find foods in my kitchen and really look at their nutrition labels.” Carey B.
“I felt that the "lunchbox" project was meaningful. It was interesting to choose a health issue related to food, and plan a lunch for that child. As a teacher, I believe that we can influence even the youngest students in what they eat. Children have a lot of input into the food choices that their families make (this is the reason that so many advertising dollars are spent by food manufacturers- they know it). If we take the time to teach good nutrition, and also teach the children to critically review the ads for food products, we could probably really make some serious changes in how and what all of our children eat.” Mary M.
“I liked all the projects that were required for this course. It made me more acutely aware of what I was eating and what I really should be doing with regards to meal planning. The articles I read about food safety also increased my awareness of what is happening relating to foodborne illnesses that are much more common now than it seemed in the past and what I can do to prevent.” Alison M.
“Pack a Lunch Box because it was a realistic application of what a healthy lunch would look like for an elementary student.” Geralyn T.
“The stand-out project for me was the Three-Day Menu. It really opened my eyes as to how little I actually knew about the nutrients I was eating. It made me more aware of how I need to plan my meals to increase my energy and improve my overall health.” Carol S.
“I really enjoyed tracking my food intake for three days. I loved discovering how many calories, carbs, etc that I consume on a daily basis.” Wendi H.
College and Career Readiness
“It was a challenge to determine the incorporation of the ELA strands into a mathematics setting. I was thrilled that I had met those challenges in my classes, although, I could differently incorporate more. I really enjoyed the creation of my own business.” Michelle L.
“Setting up a stock portfolio stood out. It was hands on.” Edward F.
“The stand-out project was the Global Events---the NASDAQ part. I have always heard about that...but honestly never knew what it was. :)” Krissy B.
Teaching Drama Across the Curriculum
“Writing the final script was really memorable for me! The research I did was never dry- on the contrary, it really made my characters come to life!” Tamara C.
“I really enjoyed the monologue project. I plan on using this with my students this school year.” Maureen H.
“I enjoyed the tips and tricks they had for how to use and teach script writing to students.” Amanda L.
“I really enjoyed all of the projects in this lesson but my favorite one was the character development worksheet. Jack is based on a student I had in juvenile boot camp. He later joined the Army and has made it a career. The activity brought back some good memories.” Edward F.
“Character Development was well done. I liked the approach and think we can always learn more regarding this.” Meredith F.
Move to Learn *New Course!
“Proposal Presentation--it required me to really think about the advantages to movement in the classroom.” Angie R.
Integrating the Arts in the Classroom * New Course! Be the first to write a review!
“The Inner artist project was a clear stand out. It forced me to look at my own creative skills and use my art as a learning tool. It is something that helps me see lessons from the student perspective and encouraged me to value creative responses as a learning tool.” Eli L.