Best Teaching Practices 2016-17
Kristin Wolff's ePortfolio
THURSDAY, 6.1.17 - ADD (3) TO THIS SMORE
News Item and Course Syllabus Image - Before You Begin the Course PiktoChart - Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
This is an excellent tool for differentiation, because this visual provides students who are ADHD / unorganized with a clear, step-by-step procedure for successfully beginning the course.
I included this in a News Item, as well as the first page of each of my course syllabi for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. I will definitely continue this practice.
Many thanks to Joyce for sharing her excellent idea!
Course Update & News Items: Smore Newsletters to All Stakeholders - All Classes - Fall 2016 - August
Since students were already familiar with the Smore format, I decided to use it for our Course Update emails for all stakeholders, as well. This format allowed me to include invaluable information for all, including reminders to check grades that were just posted, post important, recent News Items, such as GAVS Late Policy calendars, study tips, GAVS parent account information, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Student Handbook links, office hours reminder, Adobe Help Session reminders. I also added current unit of study information, including resource worksheet images, links, and other helpful Course Content page screenshots and info.
I decided to send them in Welcome and Course Update emails, as well as post them in our News Items and User Links, to assist all users in navigating our GAVS courses, as well as additional GAVS sites. I have shared a few of these, below, and the SOC Smore is courtesy of the World Languages Department - many thanks!
Smore - All Classes - Superior Student Samples - Fall 2016-Spring 2017
While wanting to reward students for the excellent work, I also wanted students who were struggling to see samples of what could be done for their assignments.
I posted this Smore in the User Links section of my Course Home page, as well as in a News Item.
As you can see, this Smore was quite popular - 167 students have accessed it as of May 2017.
All work is in accordance with FERPA guidelines - no names have been revealed, and I received written permission from each student.
News Items: American Lit/Comp-B - Spring 2017
News Item - April 2017 Best Practice - Test Prep
This communication is also Differentiated Instruction, because it is communicated to face-to-face, hybrid, and homeschooled students.
This News Item also supports our GAVS school-wide goal of using resources for the EOC test.
Discussion Post Replies to Students - 8th Grade Middle School English - Fall 2016
The Tool Access report shows that students accessed the Discussion Board as much as our Course Home page, which highlights the importance of the DIscussion Board, and also demonstrates a truly amicable classroom community.
Curriculum Smores - American Lit/Comp-A - Fall 2016
March 2017 Best Practice - Resource Smores for Students
In March 2016 I dedicated time to create a library of Smore resources for students, which discussed many different aspects of the writing and editing process.
I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at the number of students who actually took advantage of these Smores, and noticed significant improvement from all students with each new paper.
Each semester, I have added new Smores to assist students in writing their essays, and they have received thousands of views in the past year and a half.
I am most proud of my MLA and "1-2-3 Rule" Smores, which have received 471 and 1,171 hits, respectively. It is a testament to the fact that, given meaningful resources, students will rise to the challenge, and work to improve themselves every semester.