GRIT – What is it? Why do we need it?

At a workshop I attended last week, I met a lovely woman who mentioned that her daughter had almost finished college, but wasn't able to graduate because of one class she needed. She just couldn't pass that one class. She had tried three times and was ready to give up. I immediately felt sympathy for … Continue reading GRIT – What is it? Why do we need it?

Good Bye Mr. McFeeley!

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward A few blog posts ago, I talked about a really bad math experience that left me with a fear of math that continues to this day. The one exception was geometry. Now, I know, that … Continue reading Good Bye Mr. McFeeley!

Creating a Community in the Online Classroom

I remember the first time I really connected with an instructor online. It was late at night and I was very tired from a long day. She had asked the class a question about working with students with disabilities. I had little experience with students with disabilities at the time, so I wrote about my … Continue reading Creating a Community in the Online Classroom

Finding your strengths as a teacher

One of my first experiences as a student of an online classroom was dismal. The professor had no idea how to teach online and was unfamiliar with the learning management system (i.e. Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.). Rather than trying to get help with the technology, he did what he thought was right and even after being … Continue reading Finding your strengths as a teacher