2014- 2015 Professional Learning

Joyce Bearden's ePortfolio

April 2015 PD- Spring PLS

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with my colleagues from GAVS this month. I especially appreciated the department time where I got to share my best teaching practice of "how to make grading stamps instructional" with my WL colleagues. Updates on the GAVS vision and policy is always welcomed.
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March 2015 Professional Development -Remediation

I attended the PD session on Remediation. I enjoyed seeing examples of remediation from various other disciplines. I also was unaware that instructors can offer a grade replacement opportunity as part of GAVS remediation policy. I tend to select my remediation opportunities based on student performance data. Often fewer than 10% of the class opts to participate in remediation activities. This is certainly an area where I could focus a personal teaching goal for next year.
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Februrary 2015- Student (heart) Differentation

I was a collaborator and presenter for this 4 week series on Differentiation. Kelly Gardner and I will present on how to differentiate Communication in the online classroom on 2/26. We will show case types and strategies to improve communication in order to build stronger learning communities and support.

January Professional Learning - Mandated Reporter

In January, I completed the required Mandated report course. I learned valuable information about expectations and requirements for being a mandated reporter in Georgia.
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I am a presenter for ePortfolio week professional development in December

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October Professional Learning- Illinois Virtual School Summer Presentation

In July, I co-presented with Carrie Madden for IVS on ways to improve communication in online teaching. This was my first experience presenting a major workshop. Our presentation lasted 4 hours. We utilized to GAVS TOOL and covered every method of communication used in our classrooms to support student learning. I hope to have similar opportunities in the future.

October Professional Learning: Latin Teacher Meeting

I planned a 30 minute Latin Teacher Chat to share resources and discuss ways to improve our department. Feedback was positive and we decided to meet 3 times a semester to share and collaborate. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 4th.
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September Professional Learning: Suicide Prevention Training

This 2 hour online training was helpful by providing strategies and tips for helping at risk students. Overall I learned that communication and diligence is most important when dealing with situations where students are in need of help. It is always best to refer any possible situation to a guide counselor.
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August Professional Development: 2014 Summer Professional Learning Symposium

I attended the 2 day professional learning symposium in Athens, Georgia. I enjoyed several sessions as well as being a presenter. I particular I found Sarah Newman's two sessions on Special Needs Accommodations most helpful. In particular, I appreciated the plethora of websites and tools provided at the end of each session. Participants also practiced sample "scenarios" within small groups. Various strategies were discussed. Additionally, I attended 2 sessions for my current development project. The SME training was very helpful and allowed me to ask questions and meet my developer. I also presented with my colleagues Kelly Gardner and Carrie Madden. Our presentation focused on ways to increase student motivation in the online classroom. Feedback received was positive. I hope to have the opportunity to present again.
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