Instructional Design Models for eLearning

I’ve been doing a great deal of independent research on Instructional Design these past months, and while there are some fundamental differences in how Instructional Design occurs in private sector organizations and the public education system, I have been struck by how our methods in public education can be influenced and improved by the application …

Wrapping Up Research and Summer

As I mentioned in my last post (ages ago), I’ve kept myself crazy busy this summer, BUT it’s all paying off. I’m wrapping up my Action Research   course/project, which I’ll talk about more below, and I’m in the thick of semester planning. In addition to all that, I’m working on getting a short story …

A Busy Summer

I know the past couple of months work on my website has been fairly scarce, but I assure you there has been plenty going on behind the scenes. I am working toward the end of a second Master’s, this one in Educational and Instructional Leadership, and I’ve loaded myself down with three courses (and will …

Donors Choose Project FUNDED!!

I have been trying to find the time to take a moment to update my blog to showcase the incredible success I experienced on my first Donors Choose project, but we all know what kind of challenge finding time is for teachers and mothers. Last Saturday I posted about my project, which was on its …

Why Failure Should be an Option

A small child, unsure and unsteady, wobbles away from the couch supporting her, trying for the first time to walk on her own. Her parents hold their breath, letting it out in an audible rush when she plops down suddenly, but they clap excitedly and shower her with praise and encouragement, urging her to try …

Awakening the Educational Giant

Sometimes as teachers, we get caught up in the individualistic aspects of our career. We get lost in units and lesson plans, in phone calls to parents, in mounds of papers to grade—in the thousand and one cyclical tasks that isolate and exhaust us. We become islands floating at sea. We forget that we are …