Consider the following standards:
Standard D: The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback.
I definitely want to utilize feedback in my classroom. I’ve learned that it doesn’t have to an intricate process, but an efficient one.
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.
Competencies were one area that I felt was a weakness for myself. I know what my students need to learn according to the standards. I have developed essential questions and learning objectives which I feel are very similar to competencies. Once I realized this similarity, I felt more at ease.
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.
Formative assessments are an area that I feel comfortable with designing and implementing. It helps me to adjust my teaching and gather information about my students’ abilities.
Standard I: The online teacher demonstrates competency in using data from assessments and other data sources to modify content and to guide student learning.
Data analysis is the part of my job that ensures the course and myself are effective communicators of content to the students. It also allows the students to self-assess and fosters a “village” mentality for the student’s education. Teachers, guardians, and other stakeholders can analyze data to recognize excellent work and where improvement must occur.
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?
The Evaluate model was one that is familiar to me. Any traditional classroom teacher is familiar with analyzing data in today’s world. Standardized testing weights and scores are analyzed in a million different days. Then, we analyze our courses, units, and day-to-day lessons. Developing competencies was something new to me. I am familiar with standards and learning objectives, so developing competencies was different than my normal. I do think assessment is an area of weaknesses for teachers because we become overwhelmed. We know how to give and analyze formative and summative assessments, but in a traditional classroom, it is finding the time to follow-up on this data while maintaining the timeline to teach the other content required. I do like the online format for remediation since I feel like it placing the majority of the responsibility on the student. They have to do the legwork of watching videos, interactives, or reading information. In a traditional classroom, remediation is almost expected to be teacher-led and direct which places a ton of responsibility on the teacher.
As a teacher, my ideas about the profession are biased by the population and location I teach, but are also always evolving as I am introduced to new methods and research. I would say my teaching philosophy would be short and simple. “Always Evolving” For students, the same philosophy should apply. The goal is to be a productive member of society and to show growth. One student’s growth will not be the same as another’s. Any educational model, whether traditional or virtual, should always be cognizant of this fact.