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  1. Assignment 3: While I viewed the video presentation, I took notes constantly to study and review the information. I was worried about passing the quizzes, then realized that they provide unlimited tries. I liked this feature because I did not feel the pressure to score very well, I could focus more on learning the material. When I struggled with a question, I knew I needed to go back to the presentation and review the material more. This is definitely a teaching-learning moment. Why should I expect students to always get it right the first time!

  2. Assignment 2: The video presentation had a plethora of detailed information on differentiated instruction that I can easily implement in my classroom. I love how she shared over 100 different activities for all age groups. I have started my own ‘bank’ of activities that are key to my content area so I can be better prepared. Also, the ‘anchor activities’ discussion definitely hit home with me. In a differentiated classroom, it is absolutely necessary to have go to tasks ready and available for students. I realize that I implement many different kinds of these activities, I honestly did not even realize what they were!

  3. Assignment 1: Thoughts on the book reading: I am excited to be introduced to Julia Thompson’s literature on teaching. She definitely seems to have found a way to share her educational experience in simple ways that are extremely effective. I know that I will be able to use this book going forward as a resource for planning, instruction and assessment. I am most interested in focusing on how to deliver engaging instruction based on my student’s interests.

  4. Reading the book, “The First-Year Teacher’s Guide,” has me thinking about how I want to change my lesson plans for next year to do a better job of meeting the needs of all my students. My first change is to always start with my state’s and district’s standard and then design my lessons around them. I also want to use a variety of activities in my instruction to help all students work towards mastery. I am excited about giving students choices and options to meet their individual learning styles.

  5. The check for understanding quizzes were a great reflection piece for me. I like how you had to get 100% correct before moving on. The quizzes were easy if you listened closely and took notes along the way. Knowing that I could take the quizzes over if I needed to made it less stressful and allowed me to work for mastery. This was a great reminder for me to let my students retake quizzes if needed and to allow them the opportunity to work towards mastery.

  6. I really enjoyed the online video presentation. The section that I found most useful was the one that shared and explained one hundred possible differentiation activities. I have saved these to my computer desktop to have readily available to me when I am planning my lessons. I need to improve my lessons by adding varied approaches to help my students master the material. I have also shared these activity ideas with my 5th grade PLC so that more students can benefit from differentiated instruction. As I prepare for next year, I am going to remember from the presentation to be both organized and flexible in my planning.

  7. My paper took me more like 10 hours to write, not just five. You’ll probably read it and wonder what took me so long? I will admit that I have not written a paper in a very long time! However, in writing the paper, I did review the course material. I was able to streamline my thoughts on how the course related to my classroom, and choose relevant material I wanted to use in my reading blocks. There is so many more ideas and activities that I can and will include that I did not put into my paper.

  8. I tried to post a blog about the quizzes, but it said the server was down? I’ll try again in case the blog didn’t go through.
    The quizzes were easy, if you watched the videos. The course presentation said you had to have 100% to move on, and that was easy to do. I got one question wrong on purpose, just to see what would happen. The course let you answer the question again. The quizzes in the course presentation make a valid point. Why not let students continue to take and retake a test until all of the material is learned and the standards for that lessons are met?

  9. The videos for the class were very helpful. I loved all the activity ideas she gave to implement in the classroom. While a lot of the activities pertain to older students, there are still many activities I am implementing in my kindergarten classroom. The start of the class came as we were revamping our reading groups across our grade, and her expertise helped me get organized and get started. I also found the definition of the learning styles helpful. I haven’t done a learning style inventory for a few years with my students, and it was definitely a reminder to not leave that out!