You can see energy crackling around schools, as students of all ages prepare to start a new semester. "Will this be the year I... [any hopeful or dreaded outcome]?" Returning faculty often exude a different vibe. They tend to ask things like, "Where did the summer go?" or "How will I get everything done?" or … Continue reading LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester
Whether you teach writing directly or indirectly in other subjects, this writing Tips and Tools website from the University of North Carolina is one to bookmark and share. Photo by Timothy Paule II on Pexels.com Categories include Writing for Specific Fields and Specific Writing Assignments and Contexts in addition to traditional writing process standbys.
What's the best way to present content to engage students? Any teacher will tell you that is a constant challenge when it seems there is always so much to cram in and only so little of a students' attention span available. Most of us are not blockbuster filmmakers or Netflix stars, and love the discipline … Continue reading Leveling up your online presentations
Similar to major athletic events, the closer we are to semester end, #finalsweekstress levels are evident. Gone is the back to school game face, replaced by the disheveled look of late-night studying or suited up final presentation look. Look past the exterior sweat or smart suit--The pressure's on, and who's going to make it through? I think … Continue reading Supporting students takes faculty grit and perseverance
“What are the top three things you love about technology?” is a question I’ve posed to hundreds of pre-service teachers I’ve taught as part of an icebreaker for the overview to ed tech class. “Netflix” has made the list of almost every one of them. 92% of college students have access to a Netflix … Continue reading Netflix: When words are not enough
The amount of participation and interaction students experience in their online courses is highly correlated with success. This can be challenging to keep up with as an online instructor, especially as the semester is in full swing with grading, teaching, service, and more vying for time. Fortunately, discussion boards can leverage technology's ability to connect … Continue reading Three simple strategies to bring new life to discussion boards
Are you using the smart parts of your phone, or just the phone part? Beyond the typical texting, talking, and picture sharing features, today's phones offer many smart tools to help us with teaching and learning. The ten ideas shared below are only the beginning of uses we can make sure our students know about. … Continue reading 10 smart ways to use smart phones
Local area schools are at a record 20+ snow days and many parts of Michigan were declared a "State of Emergency" in the last month. Nothing like a good "Snownado" or "Thundersnow" followed by a full-on blizzard to start your week off! Rather than share ideas on improving how we teach or strategies to incorporate … Continue reading What does persistence and resilience look like at Ferris?
5:51am Manton Consolidated Schools will be closed due to the impending storm...My first thought (like many humans), an hour extra sleep! I'll work from home rather than risk the 55 mile drive to work.6:45am Gypsy, my dog, expressed different thoughts. "Mom, mom, time to get up for our walk! We are going, right? … Continue reading Teach like a dog: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Written by Andrew Peterson Education can learn a lot from game design and development. Let's talk about feedback for a moment. Oftentimes when I'm feeling silly, I like to imagine a game that is designed to give feedback like a poorly designed or facilitated course. Allow the player to do anything in the game, and … Continue reading Feedback loop de loops