Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle help with moving to online


Course calendar can be found above and HERE. But you might refer instead to our Weekly Task Support page HERE

G+ Community

We will share some of our work in a Google+ Community. We will write responses to readings, upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links here.

Month: April 2020

Portfolio Examples and all the things…

Portfolio Examples and all the things…

Hello everyone!

Here’s the TL;DR version: full explanation below. 

  • Example portfolios/websites from last semester’s 534 below. Hope these will help you imagine your own. Click on them. 😉
  • Book reviews should be posted in G+ (if you did not come to Zoom book talk last week). They were due yesterday.
  • Optional Zoom this Thursday, April 30. I’ll just be here to answer any questions or you can work with your teams on your portfolios.
  • By Sunday, May 3: share an update on your Unit Plan and Portfolio and ask any questions in G+. You’ll use guiding questions to frame this response (see below or in G+)
  • By Thursday, May 7 at 5:00pm: share completed Portfolio for mock scoring session. Share the link anytime before then (even if site is still a work in progress) in this Google Form

Portfolio support
As promised on the Zoom book chat last week (thank you for participating!), below you will find a range of example Portfolio websites from students in 534 last semester. I hope these will provide some inspiration and models for your portfolios. Your most basic website should include:

1) an about me/teaching philosophy statement; 2) a portion or all of your unit plan; and 3) your actual subject matter portfolio.

Feel free to retool websites you’ve used for other classes and use/revise teaching statements from prior coursework as well. However, ultimately, reviewers should be able to easily find your portfolio (I would label it something like “subject matter portfolio’), so make sure that is clear.


Alondra’s link here (Weebly)
Sabrina’s link here (Weebly)
Sarah’s link here (Wix)
Hannah’s link here (Wix)
Gabby’s link here (Google Site)
Jasmine’s link here (Google Site)

Book Reviews
Also, you should have completed your book reviews (if you did not participate in our Zoom discussion last week): Rosalie, Roy, Aaron, Bri, Brenna, Jose, and Andrew have theirs posted and they are awesome. If you need an example, all of these are great models. Thank you! We are sharing these in our G+ community. You need to get them done asap if you’d like credit for the professional book project. I’m missing about nine right now…

G+ Post by Sunday
This week: use the guiding questions to review your Unit Plan and portfolio work: guiding questions LINK HERE. I’m going to ask you to share an update, ask any questions about either of these projects in G+ by Sunday. There is a new category ready to go whenever you want to get this done. I will open up our Zoom chat this Thursday (4/30) at 5:00 too in case there are questions.

Portfolios ready to go May 7
Next week: your portfolio needs to be ready to go for mock scoring session by May 7. Please be ready for feedback and scoring (people can make sure your links work and things like that). You’ll then have a week to clean things up, fix typos, etc.  I’ll have you share the link to your website in this Google Form (you can do this anytime, even before it’s ready).

Thank you nice people! Hang in there! You. Got. This.

Professional Books

Professional Books

Hello everyone!

Thank you for taking the survey. I am working my way through some individual questions via email, but wanted to check in about book clubs this week. If you have not taken the survey, please help me out by taking it asap: link here. Thank you!

You have two options for the professional book:

  1. Join your book club team to talk about the book. Zoom chat this Thursday (4/23) from 5:00-6:00pm. You will want to come with places to talk from and think together how the ideas inform your teaching. I’m banking on the fact that many of you will choose this option since that is what you chose in a survey a couple of weeks ago. I’ll group you up by book choice on Thursday into small break out rooms.
  2. Write a review of the book, which includes thinking through application of the ideas to teaching. I’ll create some prompts. This option is due Sunday night. 1-2 pages. We’ll post in G+.

I created a short video here too

Thank you!

Teams FTW

Teams FTW

Hi everyone,

Here are our working teams who will support feedback on our projects. I also emailed the teams individually so that you have each other’s emails. Please stay in communication with your small, but mighty group of peers. Figure out the best way to communicate that works for you. Decide if you want to rotate feedback or create partners/trios within the small team. In these teams, you will:

  • Give at least 2 rounds of feedback on the Unit Plan
  • Swap an assignment to try out with a partner.
  • Give feedback on the Portfolio
  • Do a mock scoring session for your Portfolios
  • Check in and say “you can do this” when people need to hear that. 😉

Up first:

  • Give feedback on Unit Plans by Sunday night (12th) or Monday morning. Give feedback to 1-2 people in your team. Y’all decide how to organize that.
    • You can find each other’s Unit Plan links in G+. Leave feedback in the Google Doc
  • Swap assignments with a partner (if you have a group of five, then one trio will swap; for example, Rosie shares with Hayden, Hayden shares with Odalis, Odalis shares with Rosie). You’ll try out the “teacher’s” assignment (actually write it) and also give the teacher feedback on how things went for you: what might they change or add to make the assignment more clear?
    • You’ll post the assignment you want your partner to try in our G+ community. The “student” will share their attempt at the assignment, and their feedback, in a comment to that same post (where the assignment was shared).

Teams (might be a good idea to make someone the lead so that you’re not waiting to see who starts an email. But, anyone can start an email: you just have someone who really can pay attention to how things are going):

Reagan, Regan, Alisha, Ashlyn

Luis, Aaron, Andrew, José, Roy

Sara, Amy, Chloe, Jazz

Sophia, Courtney, Brenna, Joseph

Alyce, Kaitlin, Ellie, Morgan

Rosie, Hayden, Odalis, Dorothy, Pengcheng

Athena, Iliannah, Virginia, Brianna

Jewel, Mireya, Mari, Vall

April 2: Please Read or Watch

April 2: Please Read or Watch

Hi everyone,

I’ve heard from many of you who have shared that you’re having a bit of a challenge knowing what to work on for our class. I have no doubt that taking 4-6+ online classes is incredibly challenging, especially in a pandemic. So, yes, give yourselves some grace.

I created a new page for this website that I hope will help: a weekly, suggested task list that includes some resources (and I’ll continue to add). You can ignore this, but if you’re not sure what to work on, then the task list may help get you situated. Link here and in the menu above.

I do not think we are ready to be productive on a Zoom chat tonight. I think this week was a time for people to sort out new routines. By next week, April 9, we should be able to give feedback on Unit Plans in your permanent teams: we can do this on Zoom in small break out rooms (optional always) and in written feedback in Google Docs.

*Please do me a favor: copy and paste your Unit Plan Google Doc in our G+ community so that everyone can easily find each other’s: you’ll find a new category called Unit Plan Drafts. Set the Google Doc share settings to “anyone with the link can comment.

The short view below explains a bit more. Please find 3 minutes and 37 seconds to watch it. I hope it will be helpful.