Discussion in 'General Education' started by catnfiddle, Jul 13, 2014.
Nov 25, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
I don't have anything yet, I hope to get that in the call with my principal on Monday. So no roster, no access to programs, nothing. But monday is the first day, so there is time. Thanks for the letter idea, that's something I can do now.
Dec 8, 2017
I have been at my virtual school for about 6 months now! It is going well. When I started there I worked in an office, but they closed the office and I now work from home full time. It is lovely being able to sleep until 7:30 AM, and then work in leggings and a hoodie most days! Sometimes I do go in person places for meetings or for testing, and I wear professional attire on those days only.
I would get paid more in a regular district/traditional school, but overall I did get a small raise over what I used to make when I lived in NC.
I'm going to start live sessions with students on Monday. And so far they've kept in My caseload small. But they've warned me that I'm getting a whole bunch of new students very soon. They will all need transfer IEPs, TPO forms, some of them will have expired and missing IEPs. I am not looking forward to having to do a whole bunch of paperwork all at once. I also still don't know how to use Blackboard as well as I would like. It's a bit terrifying but I'm adjusting.
Blackboard is fairly intuitive. You don't have to flip anything to a .wbd file unless you want to, so stick with PowerPoints if that's what you're good at. If you are loading videos, try to save them toward the end of the class because Blackboard pushes them out to students SLOWLY. Don't be afraid to turn on that webcam, either, but if you do, I recommend you get into the session early to get used to talking while looking at yourself.
Yes, loading PowerPoint into blackboard ....no idea. Same with webpush. I plan on more practice this weekend.
Big question? A lot of my students have math goals on their IEPs, how do I do math problems?
Dec 9, 2017
I have GOOD NEWS! You can share items on your desktop or your whole desktop (which I do NOT recommend if you have multiple programs running). You may not be able to hand-write everything, but you can show steps and manipulatives.
Dec 10, 2017
My desktop, as in the computer? I knew that....so how do I show handwritten math problems? Draw with the mouse in the whiteboard portion of blackboard?
Dec 11, 2017
Hmm... I guess typing wouldn't work in that case. I've never taught math!
I'm trying to.figure it out, if there is a will there is a way!
Do you have a whiteboard you can hold in your hand? Turn on your webcam and write on that.
Yeah a small one a d a big one. I'll give it a try
Dec 12, 2017
It's a stop-gap until you can figure out something else. Hoping your school has some kind of document camera ability. My friend who is an art teacher used Google Glass to film her point of view, but that's probably over the top.
Thanks for this and the links to prior posts
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Dec 27, 2017
After this year I'll have 2 years of "regular" teaching under my belt. I'm really wanting to get started seriously looking into online teaching. The only problem is, the pay is much less than my current job.
Is it possible to maybe be a sub at the same time?
Sorry if my question has already been asked before - I'm on my phone and don't see a search thread function.
Pay at an online school tends to be a little lower. On the other hand, especially at a school where teachers work from home, expenses are MUCH lower, especially travel and wardrobe. For me, at least, it came out fairly even.
Jan 30, 2018
I am considering becoming an online English teacher who works from home. However, I would miss the classroom setting.
I do not know what I will do with the opportunity, but I think I'll stay with my SPED students.
Actually, I wonder if I could do both...would that be possible??
Jan 31, 2018
That totally depends on the schools and their handbooks. Where I taught, taking a second teaching job was almost always a no-no (pretty sure tutoring was okay).
Thanks for the insight. I am happy with the traditional classroom setting, so I'll stay there.
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