My foray into online teaching- week one notes
It’s been a busy but extraordinary week. This is the week I began doing two jobs at once- my regular day job where I teach science to excitable Grade 6 students at a suburban middle school. At night, and during other spare moments in the week, I doubled as an instructor teaching online for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. These online courses are for teachers upgrading their qualifications, and the one I am teaching is Part 2 of the 3-part Integrating Information and Computer Technology qualification.
Candidiates generally enter the course with a wide background of experience and knowledge about the use of computers in the classroom and the goal of the course is that they will learn skills that will assist them to take on greater leadership roles in the use of technology in their schools.
I’d have to say that I am very pleased with the way that the teachers in the class have built a community and shared ideas, resources and personal experiences in the first week. Already there is a sense of community here, and that they are willing to risk a lot to learn more. As the instructor, I am learning a lot from them too- and that’s the way it should be.