Wow! As I have been reading through all of your posts this weekend, I have been inspired by so many of your ideas! It’s great to see the visual elements you have been bringing to not only your posts, but your classroom practice throughout this course. Most COETAILers say that Course 3 is where they start to “get it” and feel like they can put the big ideas of the course into practice. I’m hoping you’re starting to feel that way too!
Just wanted to share a few highlights with you, especially since we have plenty of time to reflect and prepare for Course 4, which is well over a month away.
Making your posts practical
The posts that really resonate with me, and really demonstrate your understanding of the themes of the course are the ones that share how you’re implementing these ideas in your classroom. Here are a few examples:
- Himani’s post about the use of color in images and how it prompted a very thoughtful conversation
- Debi’s post about using real-world images to highlight key concepts
- Dalton’s post about how he plans to use infographics in his classroom – with some great examples
- Alice’s post about applying visual literacy skills within Reader’s Workshop
Reflecting rather than summarizing
Posts that share your thinking about a topic, rather than summarizing the content really put a personal perspective on the topic for the week. Since we’ve all read the readings, there’s no reason to summarize the content – the posts that tell us what you think about the content are the ones that give us a good insight into what you’re thinking. Here are a few examples:
- Tabitha’s post about bringing more images into her classroom environment
- Sophie’s reflection on the Presentation Zen concepts and how they relate to her teaching and learning experiences
- Jessica’s post highlighting some natural connections between the classes she teaches and the big concepts from the week’s readings – with examples from her classroom too!
A peek into your classroom
The posts that highlight student learning and examples of student work really give us an insight into what it’s like to learn in your classroom. They’re also inspirational for others that teach your subject that might want to try some of your ideas in their own classroom. Here are a few examples:
- Akio’s post about his experiences with digital storytelling
- Dwayne’s post highlighting his students’s work with data collection and infographics
- Sean’s post demonstrating the connections between the different classes he teaches and how he can apply learning from one into another – with a great student-created infographic example
- Jessica’s post about remixing literature that not only includes the assignment and a break-down of how she created and implemented the project, but also some great student examples
Finding the relevance for you
As I have mentioned before, the weekly prompts are just prompts for those that need them. You don’t need to answer the question directly or include it in your post. The idea is to find the relevance from the content for the week within your classroom or learning environment. Here are a few examples:
- Shary’s final project for Course 3 that takes all of her visual literacy skills combined with her COETAIL experience to create a product that will really make a difference in her school
- Robin’s final project connecting the big ideas from this course with a practical need for her school
- Sophie’s final project highlighting the impact that this specific experience had on the learning in her classroom
Reflect & Relax
Hopefully all of these ideas will give you some inspiration for starting out Course 4, which is also very practical in nature. We have plenty of time to reflect, relax and catch up on any missed work if needed before Course 4 starts. It would be great if someone was interested in hosting a Google Hangout in this intermediate time so you could have a chance to chat in real time – please let me know if you’re interested!
Everyone should have received some form of feedback from me this weekend regarding Course 3. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. Since we have so much time before Course 4 starts, please make sure any and all outstanding work is completed by April 14th.