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Small Stretch #9: Mark It… Fun?

In the ninth small stretch of the mOOC, we are asked to think about an assignment we either delivered or were given where we greatly enjoyed the feedback process. As a student, I recall an assignment back in teacher’s college where we had to find a children’s book that we enjoyed, and bring that into class to share like a show-and-tell. I chose the book Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming. It’s a book about the various […]

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Small Stretch #8: The Worst Possible Outcome

In the eighth small stretch of the mOOC, participants are asked to come up with the worst possible learning outcome. Here’s my attempt at making students feel terrible about their future: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and evaluate their life’s purpose on a rubric ranging from poor to excellent. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

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Module 2: Learner Challenge Bank

In the third activity for module 2, we are asked to add a “learner challenge” to a Learner Challenge Bank that has been created using Padlet. In the image above, I took a screenshot of the learner challenge that I added which was: Needing additional supports outside of class time (ex: practice questions with demo & immediate feedback) I added two comments in response to how I’ve seen and worked with faculty who faced this challenge and overcame it in […]

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Module 2: Design an Empathy Map

For the second activity in module 2, we are asked to consider design thinking while designing an empathy map. My empathy map is of my mom, Eilene. My mom went back to school after raising three children to adulthood. She always wanted to get an education, but didn’t have the opportunity to when she was younger. As a mature student, she brought several decades of experience raising children and being a work-from-home mom (she supports my dad, who is self-employed […]

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Module 2: Digital Literacies for Teaching

In the first activity of Module 2, we are asked to reflect on our own definition of digital literacies for teaching. If I were to sum this idea up in one definition, I would say: Digital literacies for teaching are a set of tools and skills that allow us to understand, navigate and create in a digital environment. I think of this in terms of a digital “toolbox”. Both educators and students require a set of tools (or skills) to […]

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Small Stretch #7: Book Stack Title Mashup

For the seventh small stretch in the mOOC, we need to create a book stack title mashup. Ok so I read this wrong the first time. I thought we just had to take a photo of our books on our desk. So I took the photo of the books on my dresser at home and started writing this blog post. Then later realized that I was supposed to mashup book titles as the activity clearly explains. Onto the revised image […]

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Small Stretch #6: A Challenging Moment

Looking back on my own educational experience, what is one moment that challenged my the most and how did I overcome it? In teacher’s college, we had the opportunity to teach English-as-a-Second-Language to students in a small town called Las Tunas on the coast of Ecuador in South America.  As a teacher-in-training, I had not the slightest clue of how to teach ESL to Spanish students. I also did not speak a lick of Spanish when I arrived (besides a […]

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Culminating Activity: My Metaphor

For the culminating activity for the Teacher for Learning Module of the Ontario Extend mOOC, we are asked to consider our own metaphor for our teaching philosophy. I love this article that was shared with the participants of the mOOC. It comes from the University of Waterloo and includes sample exercises for educators to explore their own teaching philosophy. Particularly, under the first section called “Developing a Working Philosophy of Teaching”, I want to explore the fifth question: “What do […]

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Module 1: Thought Vectors

In this seventh activity for Module 1, we are asked to find a passage in the Open Faculty Patchbook that speaks to us in a way that resonates. For me, the passage by Jodie Black and Terry Greene entitled “We’re Only Making Plans for Learning” is very relatable. Specifically, the opening analogy about how we expect students to mould nicely to our plans is what stands out for me: “This Patch is about planning to teach, and then teaching, and […]

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